Definitions for: Judicial


[adj] expressing careful judgment; "discriminative censure"; "a biography ...appreciative and yet judicial in purpose"-Tyler Dennett
[adj] decreed by or proceeding from a court of justice; "a judicial decision"
[adj] relating to the administration of justice or the function of a judge; "judicial system"
[adj] belonging or appropriate to the office of a judge; "judicial robes"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ju*di"cial, a. [L. judicialis, fr. judicium judgment,
fr. judex judge: cf. OF. judicial. See Judge.]
1. Pertaining or appropriate to courts of justice, or to a
judge; practiced or conformed to in the administration of
justice; sanctioned or ordered by a court; as, judicial
power; judicial proceedings; a judicial sale. ``Judicial
massacres.'' --Macaulay.

Not a moral but a judicial law, and so was
abrogated. --Milton.

2. Fitted or apt for judging or deciding; as, a judicial
mind.

3. Belonging to the judiciary, as distinguished from
legislative, administrative, or executive. See
Executive.

4. Judicious. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

Synonyms: critical, discriminative, juridic, juridical, legal




Famous Quotes Containing Judicial:


Our Parliamentary system has simply failed to meet the challenge of judicial activism.

-- Stockwell Day (Canadian Politician)

The Constitution is not a panacea for every blot upon the public welfare. Nor should this Court, ordained as a judicial body, be thought of as a general haven for reform movements.

-- John Marshall Harlan (American Judge)

It is the union of independence and dependence of these branches - legislative, executive and judicial - and of the governmental functions possessed by each of them, that constitutes the marvellous genius of this unrivalled document.

-- J. Reuben Clark (American Clergyman)

In the fight against terrorism, national agencies keep full control over their police forces, security and intelligence agencies and judicial authorities.

-- Gijs de Vries (Dutch Politician)

To the extent that the judicial profession becomes the daily routine of deciding cases on the most secure precedents and the narrowest grounds available, the judicial mind atrophies and its perspective shrinks.

-- Irving R. Kaufman (American Judge)

Out of control judicial activism threatens traditional marriage in America.

-- Ernest Istook (American Politician)

The people in general ought to have regard to the moral character of those whom they invest with authority either in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches.

-- John Witherspoon (American Politician)

Illegal immigration is crisis for our country. It is an open door for drugs, criminals, and potential terrorists to enter our country. It is straining our economy, adding costs to our judicial, healthcare, and education systems.

-- Timothy Murphy (American Soldier)

Conservative voters increasingly understand that the one legacy a president can leave is his judicial appointments.

-- Paul Weyrich (American Critic)

No matter how badly senators want to know things, judicial nominees are limited in what they may discuss. That limitation is real, and it comes from the very nature of what judges do.

-- Orrin Hatch ( Politician)

Judicial abuse occurs when judges substitute their own political views for the law.

-- Lamar S. Smith (American Politician)

It is hard to see Judge Roberts as a judicial activist who would place ideological purity or a particular agenda above or ahead the need for thoughtful legal reasoning.

-- Ron Wyden (American Politician)

The activists will not stop in trying to impose their extreme views on the rest of us, and they have now plotted out a state-by-state strategy to increase the number of judicial decisions redefining marriage without the voice of the people being heard.

-- Jim Bunning (American Politician)

We have dozens and dozens and dozens of judicial nominees up there waiting and we have a court system that's crying out for more judges.

-- Joe Lockhart (Australian Journalist)

Amnesty International continues to report that extra judicial tortures and murders continue. This is not democracy that we are exporting to Mexico, and this is certainly not what the Mexican workers signed up for.

-- Stephen F. Lynch ( Politician)

Now that judges embrace forcibly starving someone to death, Congress should use its appropriation power to starve the judicial budget.

-- Phyllis Schlafly (American Activist)

Last year, I was proud to be an original co-sponsor of legislation that would increase federal judges' salaries by more than 40 percent. It also built in a cost of living adjustment, so the Judicial Branch would not be dependent on the Legislative Branch for increases each year.

-- Debbie Wasserman Schultz (American Politician)

The executive branch has grown too strong, the judicial branch too arrogant and the legislative branch too stupid.

-- Lyn Nofziger ( -)

The judicial system is the most expensive machine ever invented for finding out what happened and what to do about it.

-- Irving R. Kaufman (American Judge)

Judicial review has been a part of our democracy in this constitutional government for over 200 years.

-- Ron Kind (American Politician)

If there is a nuclear tactic being used here, I submit it is the use of that obstruction where a willful minority blocks a bipartisan majority from voting on the President's judicial nominees.

-- John Cornyn (American Politician)

The stopping of the Judicial courts, had been blended, in the minds of some people, with the redress of grievances considered only as a mode of awakening the attention of the legislature.

-- George Richards Minot (American Scientist)

The fundamental problem is that there's no credibility in the judicial system, which is a system that's been completely politicized. This is retaliation and selective repression.

-- Leopoldo Lopez ( Politician)

Of course, conservatives always claim to be against judicial activism.

-- Michael Kinsley (American Journalist)

Such a prostitution of judicial power can never occur again under the shadow of the British law, for no jury within the wide circle of the empire would submit to such an infraction of their privilege, even if a judge could be found daring enough to attempt it.

-- Joseph Howe (Canadian Politician)

The position the Government finds itself in is not one of constructing a law, but of carrying out a decision given by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

-- Charles Tupper (Canadian Statesman)

Human life is held in much higher esteem, and the taking of it, whether in private quarrel or by judicial procedure, is looked upon much more seriously than it was formerly.

-- Elihu Root (American Lawyer)

We can speak about the institution, but ultimately the bar is the group that both is in touch with the public on the one hand and understands the judicial institution on the other.

-- Stephen Breyer (American Judge)

The notion that Congress can change the meaning given a constitutional provision by the Court is subversive of the function of judicial review; and it is not the less so because the Court promises to allow it only when the Constitution is moved to the left.

-- Robert Bork (American Public Servant)

Imagine a judicial nominee said 'my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman.' Wouldn't they have to withdraw? New racism is no better than old racism.

-- Newt Gingrich (American Politician)

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has a judicial system, and this system needs a lot of repair. Therefore, there is no need for Kentucky to start building another judicial system within the system, that we already have.

-- Sonny Landham (American Actor)

The vote by the Judiciary Committee reflects the fact that John Roberts is an exceptional nominee with a conservative judicial philosophy - a philosophy that represents mainstream America.

-- Jay Alan Sekulow (American Lawyer)

A decision by the Supreme Court to subject Guantanamo to judicial review would eliminate these advantages.

-- John Yoo (American Educator)

Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today.

-- Felix Frankfurter (American Judge)

It wouldn't be fair to say that conservatives cherish property the way liberals cherish equality. But it would be fair to say that the takings clause is the conservatives' recipe for judicial activism just as they say liberals have misused the equal protection clause.

-- Michael Kinsley (American Journalist)


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