De facto

    Economic Social and Cultural Rights

    “In fact or in reality” – For examples:

    • De facto authority : Authority that exists in reality.
    • De facto government : A government that sets itself up in place of the legal government, often by use of force.
    • De facto judge : Someone who performs the duties of a judge but who does not have legitimate judicial authority.
    • De facto marriage : A union of two parties who live together as husband and wife but in which the legality of the marriage is in some way defective.