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 (pyo͞o′nē) Chiefly British
Lower in rank; junior.
One of lesser rank than another, especially an associate judge.

[Old French puisne : puis, afterward (ultimately from Latin post; see apo- in Indo-European roots) + ne, born (from Latin nātus, past participle of nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots).]


(ˈpjuːnɪ) or


(Law) (esp of a subordinate judge) of lower rank
[C16: from Anglo-French, from Old French puisné born later, from puis at a later date, from Latin posteā afterwards + born, from naistre to be born, from Latin nascī]


(ˈpyu ni)

Chiefly Brit. junior in rank: a puisne judge.
[1590–1600; < Anglo-French, = Old French puis after (< Latin posteā) + ne born, past participle of naistre to be born (< Latin nāscere); compare puny]
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Lady O'Dowd is one of the greatest ladies in the Presidency of Madras--her quarrel with Lady Smith, wife of Sir Minos Smith the puisne judge, is still remembered by some at Madras, when the Colonel's lady snapped her fingers in the Judge's lady's face and said SHE'D never walk behind ever a beggarly civilian.
Yasmin Abbasi had issued warrants for the arrest of senior puisne judge of the Lahore High Court Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah one day after she tendered an unconditional apology to the judge for her 'contemptuous' conduct.
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Qureshi, Senior Puisne Judge as Acting Chief Justice in accordance during the period the Chief Justice remains abroad.
Chief justice of Maldives; senior puisne Judge, Supreme Court of India; vice president and judge rapporteur of Turkish Constitutional Court, Turkey; and other prominent luminaries, researchers and jurists from around the world i.e.
The ceremony will be attended not only by judges of the Supreme Court, senior lawyers and others but also by President Supreme Court of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Narin Ferdi Sefik, Chief Judge State of Borno Nigeria Kashim Zannah, former senior puisne judge Supreme Court of India and President Governing Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute Justice Madan Bhimarao Lokur, Savita Lokur (spouse) and Sandra E Oxner, former judge and founding president Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, Canada.
Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, the Senior Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan after the Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk will be new Chief Justice as per seniority rule and will take oath of his office on 17 of this month.
ISLAMABAD -- Justice Mushir Alam, Chief Justice High Court of Sindh alongwith Justice Maqbool Baqar, Senior Puisne Judge High Court of Sindh called on Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry at Supreme Court Branch Registry, Karachi.
A steering committee headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, senior puisne judge of the Supreme Court and the designated chief justice of Pakistan, worked on the implementation of recommendations.
On another summary initiated by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights, the President approved the advice of the Prime Minister for appointment of Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Senior Puisne Judge of the Lahore High Court, to act as Chief Justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) with effect from December 1117.
The meeting will be attended by Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Chief Justice High Court of Balochistan, Justice Mushir Alam, Chief Justice High Court of Sindh, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Chief Justice, Lahore High Court, Justice Miftah-ud-Din Khan, Senior Puisne Judge, Peshawar High Court and Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman, Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court.