One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: a clerk of a superior court presided over by a justice representing the monarch. Later: the principal clerk of the High Court of Justiciary, whose role developed into that of judge and further into that of vice-president.
Late Middle English. From justice + clerk. Compare later Lord Justice Clerk.
Justice Clerk/ˌdʒʌstɪs ˈklɑːk/
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