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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) of or relating to the administration of justice
n, pl -aries
1. (Professions) an officer or administrator of justice; judge
2. (Law) another word for justiciar


(dʒʌˈstɪʃ iˌɛr i)

adj., n., pl. -ar•ies. adj.
1. of or pertaining to the administration of justice.
2. the office or jurisdiction of a justiciar.
[1470–80; < Medieval Latin jūsticiārius]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.justiciary - 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
2.justiciary - the jurisdiction of a justiciar
jurisdiction - in law; the territory within which power can be exercised
References in classic literature ?
All at once he broke out explosively, " Pasque-Dieu !" What people are those who claim to be voyers, justiciaries, lords and masters in our domains?
Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about this feudal institution: Certain customs restrict the right of having pigeon-houses to high justiciaries; others grant it to all owners of feuds.
For another key phrase of Bracton's formulation of the writ of habeas corpus is "before our justiciaries".