De Odio Et Atia Law and Legal Definition

De odio et atia means for hatred and ill will. It is an ancient writ which was directed to the sheriff, commanding him to inquire whether a prisoner charged with murder was committed upon just cause of suspicion, or merely propter odium et atiam, for hatred and ill will. If the inquisition showed the latter cause, another writ will be issued for the sheriff to admit the prisoner to bail.