Definition of justiciable in US English:



  • (of a state or action) subject to trial in a court of law.

    ‘we signed the treaty under European law, justiciable under the European Court’
    • ‘Even if the issues are justiciable, the courts will not accept that a negligence action can be brought unless it would be just and reasonable for a duty of care to exist.’
    • ‘He is also right to say that the consent is too remote from the legal and evidential issues to make it a justiciable error for the Department to have left it out of its expressed reasons.’
    • ‘The grant of the jurisdiction is not the same as it being a justiciable controversy arising under the Act.’
    • ‘Therefore, the so-called second issue raised in our written submission should be seen as important only in this sense, which does not render it justiciable.’
    • ‘Two other controversial cases have highlighted the problems for the courts in holding the exercise of the prerogative power to be justiciable.’
    • ‘The majority of their Lordships indicated that whether judicial review of the exercise of prerogative power is open depends upon the subject matter and in particular upon whether it is justiciable.’
    • ‘Next, however, Mr Hardy points out that the killing which was being investigated was not justiciable in this country, and that the appellant could never therefore have been arrested here.’
    • ‘The Solicitor-General for the Commonwealth says that the question of ordinary annual services is not justiciable in the courts of this country.’
    • ‘Some systems of law regard the rules of associations as not being justiciable.’
    • ‘Accordingly, the duty owed under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 is a target duty owed to children in general and is not justiciable by judicial review.’
    • ‘Acts done in the course of such operations are not justiciable and the courts of law cannot take cognizance of them.’
    • ‘There is, in our submission, no demonstrable or justiciable error of law that should attract this Court's jurisdiction arising from the judgment of the Full Court.’
    • ‘A justiciable case must present actual injury, or an imminent threat of injury.’
    • ‘The question is whether the claim that is advanced here by the plaintiff is justiciable by this Court - whether it creates a justiciable right.’
    • ‘Accordingly, suits must be justiciable before the Court will decide them, and the party bringing the suit must have standing to do so.’
    • ‘Why is the question whether a judge in the exercise of federal jurisdiction got it right or wrong a justiciable controversy at the suit of a non-party?’
    • ‘It is a common law presumption of legislative intent that access to the Queen's courts in respect of justiciable issues is not to be denied save by clear words in a statute.’
    • ‘In my submission, those questions are simply not justiciable under the cross-vesting legislation.’
    • ‘We respectfully submit that a matter has to be raised as a claim by the pleading in order to be a justiciable controversy.’
    • ‘His briefly expressed decision was to the effect that alleged breaches of contract by universities are not justiciable by the courts.’


Late Middle English: from Old French, from justicier ‘bring to trial’, from medieval Latin justitiare, from Latin justitia ‘equity’, from justus (see just).