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judicature

[joo-di-key-cher, -kuh-choo r] /ˈdʒu dɪˌkeɪ tʃər, -kəˌtʃʊər/
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
1520-1530
1520-30; < Medieval Latin jūdicātūra, equivalent to Latin jūdic- (see judge) + -āt(us) -ate1 + -ūra -ure
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British Dictionary definitions for judicature

judicature

/ˈdʒuːdɪkətʃə/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for judicature
n.

1520s, from Medieval Latin iudicatura, from iudicat-, past participle stem of Latin iudicare "to judge" (see judge (v.)).

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