Definition of judicature in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The administration of justice.

    • ‘Well, the State is part of the Commonwealth judicature and we are the top of the national judicature.’
    • ‘They deal with the introduction of judicature in the early pages.’
    • ‘Do you say it is not a matter incidental to the execution of a power vested in the federal judicature?’
    • ‘The Attorney-General seems to take the view that it is part of his role to undermine the structure of the federal judicature which he has erected through these courts.’
    • ‘Raden said that without the support of the legislature and other state institutions, such as the judicature, it would be impossible for the government as an executive to speed up the recovery process.’
    • ‘This has always been the duty of a jury in a court of judicature; see page 8 of my authority book.’
    • ‘It ought to make its judicature, as it were, something exterior to the State.’
    • ‘Wynn was keen to abolish the separate judicature for Wales, though he resisted associated proposals for the amalgamation and partitioning of the Welsh counties.’
    • ‘The notion that a perverse finding of fact does not reveal an error of law in a court of law of our judicature is one I will never accept never, ever.’
    • ‘Just as we were there protecting the electoral system and the governmental system, here we are asked to protect the judicature.’
    • ‘That Taiwan's judicature is not independent is well-known, but it is not Chuang's fault.’
    • ‘The judicature was known to the people of Australia when they passed this referendum that introduced that.’
    • ‘At one time the Freemen of York exerted a commanding influence in commerce, government and the judicature of the city.’
    • ‘It is all part and parcel, it seems, of the slow pace of the hearing of proceedings in the federal judicature of this country.’
    • ‘In other words, if the correction within the judicature stands to your advantage, you take the advantage, and if it is to your disadvantage, then the law applies as it is stated at the time of the last order.’
    1. 1.1Judges collectively; the judiciary.
      ‘the constitutional principle that the legislature is separate from the judicature’
      • ‘This is an intervention by legislation in proceedings that have already been instituted and were before the judicature where a person was in criminal proceedings seeking to defend an initial decision.’
      • ‘That is true, but the Supreme Court of Queensland is part of the judicature of the Commonwealth, and the days when the Supreme Courts and the other courts were held out of constitutional decision-making have gone.’
      judges, magistrates, judiciary, judicature
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Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin judicatura, from Latin judicare to judge.