Definitions for: Justiciary


[n] the jurisdiction of a justiciar
[n] (British) formerly a high judicial officer



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

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

Synonyms: justiciar

See Also: judge, jurisdiction, jurist, justice, magistrate

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