Definition of jurist in English:



  • 1An expert in or writer on law.

    • ‘There was always a gap between the theoretical formulations of the jurists and the de facto exercise of political power.’
    • ‘Your Honour has an outstanding reputation as a jurist and someone who has already made a significant contribution to the law in Australia.’
    • ‘The difficulty of determining whether a child was stillborn or murdered has confounded English lawmakers and jurists for centuries.’
    • ‘Mr. Layton also said it was a matter of great dispute among jurists.’
    • ‘‘The convention requires the conferral of prisoner of war status unless a competent tribunal decides otherwise,’ the jurists commission said.’
    • ‘Both aspects of the rule requires that the jurist be mindful of the general nature of the appeal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition to the more traditional skills such as governance experts, economists, jurists and so on, it requires a variety of professional skills.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, on the statue's plaque he's listed first as a jurist, and then as Premier.’
    • ‘Your Honour comes to the Bench with an outstanding reputation as a jurist and as an academic.’
    • ‘The statements of jurists are a useful source of insights, but they do not provide a direct solution…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Russia's highest court generally gives these jurists free rein.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1North American A lawyer or a judge.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Justices Breyer, Souter, and Ginsburg - all strong First Amendment jurists - will almost certainly favor the prompt judicial decision requirement.’
      • ‘The Christian fundamentalist groups have made the nomination of ultra-right jurists to the Supreme Court their top priority.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Today, supreme court jurists and Washington politicians display no embarrassment in citing Magna Carta to support their case.’
      • ‘The new jurist, Superior Court Judge Trena Burger-Plavan, issued a ruling blocking the school district from moving ahead.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Darrow, on the other hand, was at times condescending and contemptuous in his treatment of witnesses, jurists, opposing lawyers and even the judge.’
      • ‘As a jurist, Justice O'Connor has refused to impose a ‘grand Unified Theory,’ her own phrase, on each area of the law.’
      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’.