judicature

judicature

[joo-di-key-cher, -kuh-choor]
noun
1.
the administration of justice, as by judges or courts.
2.
the office, function, or authority of a judge.
3.
the jurisdiction of a judge or court.
4.
a body of judges.
5.
the power of administering justice by legal trial and determination.

Origin:
1520–30; < Medieval Latin jūdicātūra, equivalent to Latin jūdic- (see judge) + -āt(us) -ate1 + -ūra -ure

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judicature (ˈdʒuːdɪkətʃə)
 
n
1.  the administration of justice
2.  the office, function, or power of a judge
3.  the extent of authority of a court or judge
4.  a body of judges or persons exercising judicial authority; judiciary
5.  a court of justice or such courts collectively

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