Definition of Jeddart justice in English:

Jeddart justice

noun

Scottish
historical
  • Execution of a person before trial; (more widely) summary justice, arbitrary punishment. Compare earlier "Cupar justice".

Origin

Late 17th century. In some forms from the name of Jedburgh (in Scots also Jeddart, Jedhart, Jethart, † Jedworth, † Jedwood, etc.), a town in the Scottish Borders, where summary justice was said to have been meted out, perhaps with reference to the summary acts of pacification of the Borders carried out under King James VI + justice.

Pronunciation

Jeddart justice

/ˈdʒɛdət ˌdʒʌstɪs/