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 (jŭ-stĭsh′ē-ĕr′ē) also jus·ti·ci·ar (-ē-ər)
n. pl. jus·ti·ci·ar·ies also jus·ti·ci·ars
A high judicial officer in medieval England.

[Medieval Latin iūstitiāria, from feminine of iūstitiārius, of the administration of justice, from Latin iūstitia, justice; see justice.]


(Law) English legal history the chief political and legal officer from the time of William I to that of Henry III, who deputized for the king in his absence and presided over the kings' courts. Also called: justiciary
jusˈticiarˌship n


(dʒʌˈstɪʃ i ər)

1. a high judicial officer in medieval England.
2. the chief political and judicial officer in England from the reign of William I to that of Henry III.
[1475–85; < Medieval Latin jūsticiārius justiciary]
jus•ti′ci•ar•ship`, n.
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Noun1.justiciar - formerly a high judicial officer
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
judge, jurist, justice - a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice
References in classic literature ?
You mind last year when he came down to Malwood, with his inner marshal and his outer marshal, his justiciar, his seneschal, and his four and twenty guardsmen.
308) Ranulf de Glanvil was Chief Justiciar in England under Henry II in 1180, and was most likely the author of TREATISE ON THE LAWS AND CUSTOMS OF THE KINGDOM OF ENGLAND.
22) Le tout premier de ces juges qui ait porte le titre de Chief Justiciar, et qui occupa la fonction de 1102 a 1116, fut Roger le Poer ou Roger of Salisbury.
He did all he could to keep the peace as Sheriff and Justiciar of Caithness; the earl of Sutherland has a prejudice against him.