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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
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The only new creation given the whole estate of a titled noble was John Darcy, granted the earldom of Kildare in Ireland in 1332, and this, in all likelihood, was in connection not only with his marriage three years earlier to the widow of Thomas FitzJohn, Earl of Kildare,(44) but also of his hold on the justiciarship of Ireland.