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n. pl. ju·di·ca·to·ries
A law court.
Of, relating to, or providing a basis for judgment.

[Late Latin iūdicātōrium, from neuter of iūdicātōrius, judicial, from Latin iūdicāre, to judge; see judge.]
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(Law) of or relating to the administration of justice
1. (Law) a court of law
2. (Law) the administration of justice
ˌjudicaˈtorial adj
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(ˈdʒu dɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

n., pl. -to•ries,
adj. n.
1. a court of law and justice; tribunal.
2. the administration of justice.
3. of or pertaining to the administration of justice; judiciary.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.judicatory - the system of law courts that administer justice and constitute the judicial branch of government
authorities, government, regime - the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"
Federal Judiciary - the judiciary of the United States which is responsible for interpreting and enforcing federal laws
system, scheme - a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole; "a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"
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Topsy was cited, and had up before all the domestic judicatories, time and again; but always sustained her examinations with most edifying innocence and gravity of appearance.
I quickly discovered that not only had evangelism lost its primacy of focus in many of our local churches and judicatories, but the understanding of what evangelism should entail as a church in the Wesleyan tradition had been greatly influenced regionally by the practices of other faith traditions, often leaving people with a negative view and unwillingness to engage in evangelism.
Its chief object will be to acquaint the members and adherents of the Presbyterian Church in Canada with every department of its work; to enlist the sympathies of all in its various missionary and benevolent enterprises, and, by preserving a record of the proceedings of its judicatories. to hand down to succeeding generations a history of the Church....
But in addition, local congregations, annual conferences and judicatories, and educational institutions have embraced the concept of the "mission trip" as a personally uplifting educational and/or spiritual experience.
Allow the observance of periodic special or ritual activities requested by offenders and deemed essential by the respective religious judicatories or national offices of that religious group;
The third, and perhaps most complicated, way I see desperation about the church affecting ecumenical life is what I call the "branding impetus." I study ecumenical shared-ministry congregations, and as I tried to make sense of the lack of support these wonderful local expressions of shared ecumenical life often receive from church leaders--the judicatories, the episkope--a pattern emerged.
This book is helpful for working pastors, counselors, and judicatories because it is sensitive to "hands-on" ministry.
On the whole, when we fully consider this matter, and fully investigate the powers granted, explicitly given, and specially delegated, we shall find Congress possessed of powers enabling them to institute judicatories little less inauspicious than a certain tribunal in Spain, which has long been the disgrace of Christendom: I mean that diabolical institution, the Inquisition.
The court held that a Presbyterian minister could be retained by a congregation even after he had been excommunicated by the presbytery and synod, in the interests of "the entire separation of the functions of the ecclesiastical and temporal judicatories." (233) The next year, a new state statute prohibited conveyance of all real and personal property "for the benefit of any person and his successor or successors in any ecclesiastical office." (234) In other words, New York prohibited the corporation sole, a central feature of American Catholic bishops' attempt to reassert control.
(33) In 1872, the Court refused to settle a dispute over control of a church building that the "General Assembly," the national governing body of that denomination, had already decided: "[W]henever the questions of discipline, or of faith, or ecclesiastical rule, custom, or law have been decided by the highest of [the] church judicatories to which the matter has been carried, the legal tribunals must accept such decisions as final, and as binding on them." (34) The Court reached similar results in Kedroff v.
It was during this time that denominational judicatories began to invest in camp property and to train camp leaders.
The book presents a detailed, and at times hourly, account of the debates within the Presbyterian Church over the terms of the union and examines both the highest judicatories of the church and the popular religious response in the presbyteries and shires.