In Misericordia Law and Legal Definition

In Misericordia is a Latin term meaning in mercy. It refers to a judge’s discretion concerning punishment. It is a judgment formerly noted which litigant lost by stating that the unsuccessful party was in the court’s mercy. For example, a plaintiff held in mercy for a false claim is said to be in misericordia.[Wivagg v. Duquesne Light Co., 1975 Pa. Dist. & Cnty. Dec. LEXIS 309 (Pa. C.P. 1975)].