Definition of jurist in US English:



  • 1An expert in or writer on law.

    • ‘The position of the Federalist Party of President John Adams was that of the English jurist William Blackstone.’
    • ‘The competition is in memory of Manfred Lachs, the renowned Polish educator, diplomat, jurist and space law expert.’
    • ‘And the Justices - who increasingly see themselves as part of an international community of high court jurists - may not have wished to remain too far out of step with their friends overseas.’
    • ‘Mr. Layton also said it was a matter of great dispute among jurists.’
    • ‘The statements of jurists are a useful source of insights, but they do not provide a direct solution…’
    • ‘The jurist and tax expert Giulio Tremonti, finance minister in Berlusconi's first government, who now heads the combined ministry of economics and finances, is of the same making.’
    • ‘Your Honour comes to the Bench with an outstanding reputation as a jurist and as an academic.’
    • ‘In addition to the more traditional skills such as governance experts, economists, jurists and so on, it requires a variety of professional skills.’
    • ‘Both aspects of the rule requires that the jurist be mindful of the general nature of the appeal.’
    • ‘Your Honour has an outstanding reputation as a jurist and someone who has already made a significant contribution to the law in Australia.’
    • ‘Chthonic law can't be closed; the roman law of the jurists had no mechanism for radical change; hence no mechanism for anything as radical as closure.’
    • ‘Whereas international jurists worried about the damaging precedent the trial might set for international law, Arendt was more concerned about its effects on Israel's young democracy.’
    • ‘‘The convention requires the conferral of prisoner of war status unless a competent tribunal decides otherwise,’ the jurists commission said.’
    • ‘In fact, on the statue's plaque he's listed first as a jurist, and then as Premier.’
    • ‘There was always a gap between the theoretical formulations of the jurists and the de facto exercise of political power.’
    • ‘The difficulty of determining whether a child was stillborn or murdered has confounded English lawmakers and jurists for centuries.’
    • ‘The bar voted not to co-operate with any of the new judicial structure, and the members of a commission of jurists set up by Lamoignon a few months beforehand to advise him on criminal law reform all resigned.’
    • ‘I ask you how far would you appreciate a criminologist, a jurist or a legislator who proposes such measures of punishment which shall inevitably force man to commit more offences?’
    • ‘Russia's highest court generally gives these jurists free rein.’
    1. 1.1North American A lawyer or a judge.
      • ‘Justices Breyer, Souter, and Ginsburg - all strong First Amendment jurists - will almost certainly favor the prompt judicial decision requirement.’
      • ‘As a jurist, Justice O'Connor has refused to impose a ‘grand Unified Theory,’ her own phrase, on each area of the law.’
      • ‘Interestingly, some jurists even asserted that judges who rely on a coerced confession in a criminal conviction are to be held liable for the wrongful conviction.’
      • ‘Today, supreme court jurists and Washington politicians display no embarrassment in citing Magna Carta to support their case.’
      • ‘The Christian fundamentalist groups have made the nomination of ultra-right jurists to the Supreme Court their top priority.’
      • ‘The opinion was written by Judge Randolph, a jurist who in my view would be a serious candidate for the Supreme Court but for his age.’
      • ‘As long as they applied to newly appointed rather than currently sitting judges, the proposals could not be understood as unconstitutionally diminishing jurists ' salaries.’
      • ‘With minimal direction given in statute, jurists wrote case law in response to specific claims brought before them.’
      • ‘Darrow, on the other hand, was at times condescending and contemptuous in his treatment of witnesses, jurists, opposing lawyers and even the judge.’
      • ‘Even if a judge believes that a brief offers a perfect expression of the law, copying it creates the perception that the jurist is sloppy, lazy, or intellectually moribund.’
      • ‘The new jurist, Superior Court Judge Trena Burger-Plavan, issued a ruling blocking the school district from moving ahead.’
      • ‘In the normal course of things, a consensus of jurists, judges, and lawmakers limits the range of interpretations of the whole, neutralizing the most politically explosive readings.’
      judge, magistrate, her honour, his honour, your honour
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Late 15th century (in the sense ‘lawyer’): from French juriste, medieval Latin jurista, from jus, jur- ‘law’.