from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Administration of justice.
  • n. The position, function, or authority of a judge.
  • n. The jurisdiction of a law court or judge.
  • n. A court or system of courts of law.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The administration of justice by judges and courts.
  • n. The position or status of a judge.
  • n. The jurisdiction of a court.
  • n. A court, or other assembly that conducts judicial business.
  • n. A system of such courts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or profession of those employed in the administration of justice; also, the dispensing or administration of justice.
  • n. A court of justice; a judicatory.
  • n. The right of judicial action; jurisdiction; extent jurisdiction of a judge or court.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The power of administering justice by legal trial and determination; judicial authority.
  • n. A court of justice; a judicatory.
  • n. Legality; lawfulness, as constituted by statute or enactment.
  • n. Extent of jurisdiction of a judge or court.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the system of law courts that administer justice and constitute the judicial branch of government
  • n. the act of meting out justice according to the law
  • n. an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
  • n. the position of judge


Medieval Latin iūdicātūra, from feminine future participle of Latin iūdicāre, to judge; see judge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Say what you will about poor reasoning, florid and hypertechnical writing, and insane reliance on irrelevant precedent that no longer intersects with the societal context that are all too common in American judicature; at least one can figure out what the holding of the case really means.

    Scrivener's Error

  • The present system of judicature is founded on the great law reform conceived by the genius of Lord Cairns, and completed by his illustrious successor, Lord Selborne.

    The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

  • Pericles, and the flagrant excesses that ensued allowed the people themselves to listen to the branding and terrible satire upon the popular judicature, which is still preserved to us in the comedy of

    Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete

  • I had the honor, in conjunction with many far wiser men, to contribute a very small assistance, but, however, some assistance, to the forming the judicature which is to try such questions.

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 02 (of 12)

  • Now as to the judgment itself, these things are said: "They do not judge him to death in the court of judicature, that is, in his own city, nor in that that is at Jabneh; but they bring him to the great Consistory that is at

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • Judicial branch: Supreme Court; Constitutional Court (the sole authority for constitutional judicature)


  • As this measure, enforced with all the authority of power, was new in Scottish judicial proceedings, though now so frequently resorted to, it was exclaimed against by the lawyers on the opposite side of politics, as an interference with the civil judicature of the country, equally new, arbitrary, and tyrannical.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • You say also, that the life of De Hagenbach was taken by a judicature over which you had no control, and exercised none — let a protocol be drawn up, averring these circumstances, and, as far as possible, proving them.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • MoldovaSupreme Court; Constitutional Court (the sole authority for constitutional judicature)

    Judicial branch

  • Dicey repeatedly emphasized the significance of ordinary courts in maintaining the rule of law: "In England the rule of law is coterminous with the cognizance of ordinary courts: it is the rule of the judicature."



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