Definitions for: Judiciary


[n] persons who administer justice
[n] the system of law courts that administer justice and constitute the judicial branch of government



Webster (1913) Definition: Ju*di"cia*ry (?; 277), a. [L. judiciarius, fr.
judicium judgment: cf. F. judiciare. See Judicial.]
Of or pertaining to courts of judicature, or legal tribunals;
judicial; as, a judiciary proceeding. --Bp. Burnet.


Ju*di"cia*ry, n. [Cf. LL. judiciaria, F.
judiciaire.]
That branch of government in which judicial power is vested;
the system of courts of justice in a country; the judges,
taken collectively; as, an independent judiciary; the senate
committee on the judiciary.

Synonyms: bench, judicatory, judicature, judicial system

See Also: administration, authorities, brass, establishment, governance, governing body, government, organisation, organization, regime, system




Famous Quotes Containing Judiciary:


For a long time in American history, people didn't even come up before the Senate. They didn't come before the Judiciary Committee, and up until about 1923, something like that.

-- Fred Thompson (American Politician)

I believe Watergate shows that the system did work. Particularly the Judiciary and the Congress, and ultimately an independent prosecutor working in the Executive Branch.

-- Bob Woodward (American Journalist)

I find it difficult to believe that God would want us to strip the courts of their powers to interpret the laws of this land, albeit with the divergent opinions. I shudder that my colleagues do not understand the dynamics of the Federal judiciary.

-- Alcee Hastings (American Politician)

And in that confirmation process, I sat for 17 hours in front of a senate judiciary committee.

-- Stephen Breyer (American Judge)

Jim, I'm not aware of any formal requests from the Senate Judiciary Committee for these kinds of documents.

-- Alberto Gonzales (American Public Servant)

And I have been campaigning for the past three months trying to get the Senate Judiciary Committee that has the oversight authority and responsibility to start its own public hearings.

-- Sibel Edmonds (American Public Servant)

For the first half of this century, High Court judges have been cautious to the point of timidity in expressing any criticism of governmental action; the independence of the judiciary has been of a decidedly subordinate character.

-- Ferdinand Mount (British Writer)

Maintaining checks and balances on the power of the Judiciary Branch and the other two branches is vital to keep the form of government set up by our Founding Fathers.

-- Todd Tiahrt (American Politician)

My first endeavor was to save the core of the German system of justice: the independent judiciary.

-- Hans Frank (German Public Servant)

Even institutions of State, such as the judiciary, were seriously weakened, to the extent that the citizenry justifiably feared a breakdown in law and order. The business community was hit by a slump in sales and confidence, leading to reduced earnings and loss of jobs.

-- Kamisese Mara (Fijian Statesman)

Our runaway judiciary is badly in need of restraint by Congress.

-- Phyllis Schlafly (American Activist)

I have to think of my status as a resident in this country. But I do insist that in Paraguay there was order; the judiciary had the power of complete independence; justice was fully exercised.

-- Alfredo Stroessner (Paraguayan Statesman)

All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary.

-- Andrew Jackson (American President)

This has not been a legislative process worthy of the Senate. Members of the Judiciary Committee, as I just said, were implored to save their amendments for the floor. Then, when we got here, we were told no amendments could be accepted.

-- Russ Feingold (American Politician)

"Empathy" is the latest code word for liberal activism, for treating the Constitution as malleable clay to be kneaded and molded in whatever form justices want. It represents an expansive view of the judiciary in which courts create policy that couldn't pass the legislative branch or, if it did, would generate voter backlash.

-- Karl Rove (American Politician)

The review process was conducted in an extremely bipartisan manner. Minority members of the Judiciary Committee were responsible for the invitation of 1/3 of the witnesses who appeared.

-- Jo Bonner (American Politician)

A federal judge did as he was supposed to do and upheld the Constitution. We should be thankful that we have judiciary that will do that.

-- Michael Newdow (American Lawyer)

Perhaps you should say there should be mandatory retirement even of members of the court, members of the federal judiciary. I'm sure there can be questions about whether one does as good work when you get into your - you know, I'm 67.

-- William Rehnquist (American Judge)

The framers of the Constitution were so clear in the federalist papers and elsewhere that they felt an independent judiciary was critical to the success of the nation.

-- Sandra Day O'Connor (American Judge)

I was asked three times directly in the hearing before the board of the judiciary whether or not I would continue to acknowledge God if I were to resume my position as chief justice. And I said I would.

-- Roy Moore (American Judge)

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)

As a result of this article, I was invited to testify in the Senate Judiciary Committee on privacy law.

-- Norman Lamm (American Educator)

The judiciary must not take on the coloration of whatever may be popular at the moment. We are guardian of rights, and we have to tell people things they often do not like to hear.

-- Rose E. Bird ( -)

I think that Congress' ability to reason is fully equal to that of the judiciary.

-- Samuel Alito ( -)

A national legal organization is giving very serious thought to using The Betrayal of America as a legal basis for asking the House Judiciary Committee to institute impeachment proceedings against these five justices.

-- Vincent Bugliosi (American Author)

If George W. Bush is given a second term, and retains a Republican Congress and a compliant federal judiciary, he and his allies are likely to embark on a campaign of political retribution the likes of which we haven't seen since Richard Nixon.

-- Paul Begala (American Journalist)

We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is, and the judiciary is the safeguard of our property and our liberty and our property under the Constitution.

-- Charles Evans Hughes (American Judge)


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