One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who or thing which has or claims authority to decide upon a matter without reference to others. Chiefly in predicative use.
with object To give consideration to or pass judgement upon as a judge and jury, or in the manner of a judge and jury; to try to pass sentence upon.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in George Whetstone (d. 1587), writer. From judge + and + jury<br>late 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Hardy (1840–1928), novelist and poet. From judge and jury.
judge and jury/ˌdʒʌdʒ ən(d) ˈdʒʊəri/
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