Definition of pass judgement in English:

pass judgement

phrase

  • 1(of a law court or judge) give a decision concerning a defendant or legal matter:

    ‘he passed judgement on the accused’
    • ‘It was unnecessary on the application to pass judgment on his litigation style because it did not affect the jurisdiction of the trial judge.’
    • ‘You know I always wonder about the kind of people who sit on these judges benches and pass judgment over people.’
    • ‘It was thought that it would be improper and illogical to ask an appellate jury to pass judgment again on guilt or innocence (unless, on account of gross errors of law the Court of Appeal remits a case to the trial court for a new trial).’
    • ‘The courts of the Home State would presumably pass judgement on decisions made by the tax authorities of their jurisdiction, even when the bulk of economic activity occurred elsewhere.’
    • ‘That was the issue the jury never passed judgment over.’
    • ‘Judicial review gained added importance in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as courts passed judgment on laws regulating corporate behavior and working conditions.’
    • ‘It should, however, be made clear that under Article 234 the ECJ does not pass judgment on the validity as such of a national law.’
    • ‘One manufacturer challenged this amendment, but ultimately the Supreme Court passed judgment in favour of the government of India.’
    • ‘Because judges apply the law, punish those who violate it, and - most significantly - confront and pass judgment on drug offenders.’
    1. 1.1 Criticize or condemn someone from a position of assumed moral superiority:
      ‘we're here to help, not to pass judgement’
      • ‘Though I have strong opinions on all of these, I am not passing judgement on American positions here.’
      • ‘Most commentators have passed judgment on this, the first live televising of a British court case, by dismissing the lengthy legal exchanges as unutterably tedious.’
      • ‘Unplanned pregnancies are not new, nor uncommon, and only the unwise will pass judgment in matters of unexpected paternity.’
      • ‘He always had time to listen and offer advice to family and friends and never passed judgement on others.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, a sceptical public have already passed judgment on his reputation.’
      • ‘Not because I've passed judgment on whether or not it's a ‘classic’, as such, but because there were so many other films in this period and I'm keen to get a spread from the silents up until the 1990s.’
      • ‘I expected him to follow up this statement with a regaled tale of personal career direction gone wrong, but slowly realised he had just passed judgement on my capabilities.’
      • ‘He added that the council was not in a position to pass judgment on the characteristics of the clientele who would use the proposed massage parlour.’
      • ‘We, as citizens, are not in a position to pass judgment on how people deal with such issues in their personal lives.’
      • ‘Do you have a little voice inside your head that is constantly passing judgment on you, criticizing you at every turn?’