Justiciary
Justiciary Jus*ti"ci*a*ry, n. [Cf. LL. justitiarius, F. justicier. See {Justice}.] (Old Eng. Law) An old name for the judges of the higher English courts. [1913 Webster]

Note: The chief justiciary, or justiciar, in early English history, was not only the chief justice of the kingdom, but also ex officio regent in the king's absence. [1913 Webster]

{Court of justiciary} (Scots Law), the supreme criminal court, having jurisdiction over the whole of Scotland.


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  • justiciary — [jus tish′ēer΄ē] n. pl. justiciaries [ME < ML justitiarius < L justitia: see JUSTICE] 1. the chief political and judicial officer under the Norman and early Plantagenet kings 2. Archaic one who administers justice, as a judge 3. the… …   English World dictionary

  • justiciary — A judge or justice. See court of justiciary …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • justiciary — /ju stish ee er ee/, adj., n., pl. justiciaries. adj. 1. of or pertaining to the administration of justice. n. 2. the office or jurisdiction of a justiciar. 3. justiciar (defs. 1 and 2). [1470 80; < ML justiciarius. See JUSTICE, ARY] * * * …   Universalium

  • justiciary — n. position or duties of a justiciar, office of a high court judge in medieval Englandjus ti·ci·ar·y || dÊ’ÊŒ stɪʃɪerɪ / ʃərɪ adj. of the administration of justicejus ti·ci·ar·y || dÊ’ÊŒ stɪʃɪerɪ / ʃərɪ …   English contemporary dictionary

  • justiciary — [dʒʌ stɪʃ(ə)ri] noun (plural justiciaries) chiefly Scottish 1》 an administrator of justice. 2》 the administration of justice …   English new terms dictionary

  • justiciary — n. Judge, justice, justiciar …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • justiciary — jus·ti·ci·ary …   English syllables

  • justiciary — jus•ti•ci•ar•y [[t]dʒʌˈstɪʃ iˌɛr i[/t]] adj. n. pl. ar•ies 1) law why of or pertaining to the administration of justice 2) law why the office or jurisdiction of a justiciar 3) law why justiciar • Etymology: 1470–80; < ML jūsticiārius …   From formal English to slang

  • justiciary — /dʒʌsˈtɪʃəri/ (say jus tishuhree) adjective of or relating to the administration of justice. {Medieval Latin justitiārius judge, from Latin justitia justice} …   Australian English dictionary

  • justiciary — /jastish(iy)ary/ An old name for a judge or justice. The word is formed on the analogy of the Latin juriciarius and French justicier , and is a variant of justiciar (q.v.) …   Black's law dictionary

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