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:


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)

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)

It seems as though there are Members in this body who want to filibuster just about everything we try to do, whether it is stopping judicial nominations, the Energy bill, or this Medicare bill.

-- Jim Bunning (American Politician)

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)

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

-- Michael Kinsley (American Journalist)

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)

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)

All respect for the office of the presidency aside, I assumed that the obvious and unadulterated decline of freedom and constitutional sovereignty, not to mention the efforts to curb the power of judicial review, spoke for itself.

-- Ruth Bader Ginsburg (American Judge)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Stockwell Day (Canadian Politician)

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)

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

-- Ron Kind (American Politician)

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

-- John Yoo (American Educator)

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)

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

-- Phyllis Schlafly (American Activist)

So the danger of conservative judicial activism has been averted for another year. Stay tuned.

-- Michael Kinsley (American Journalist)

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

-- Felix Frankfurter (American Judge)

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

-- Lamar S. Smith (American Politician)

Out of control judicial activism threatens traditional marriage in America.

-- Ernest Istook (American Politician)

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 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)

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)

JAG is an acronym for the Judge Advocate General, which is the judicial system of the military.

-- Catherine Bell (British Model)

Let there be no reservation or doubt that I believe the Senate should vote on each and every judicial appointment made by the President of the United States and that no rule or procedure should ever stop the Senate from exercising its constitutional responsibility.

-- Johnny Isakson (American Politician)

If people around the world knew how well people at Guantanamo Bay are treating prisoners, they would not fall prey to the accusations that some in our Chamber are making. They are all receiving judicial review.

-- Robin Hayes (American 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)

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)

The president does not have any obligation to make a consensus appointment here. What the president's obligation is, is to pick a judicial conservative, and I believe that's what he's gonna do.

-- Jay Alan Sekulow (American Lawyer)

Historically, the judicial branch has often been the sole protector of the rights of minority groups against the will of the popular majority.

-- Diane Watson (American Politician)

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)

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)

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)

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)


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