ex·​tra·​ju·​di·​cial | \ ˌek-strə-jü-ˈdi-shəl How to pronounce extrajudicial (audio) \

Definition of extrajudicial

1a : not forming a valid part of regular legal proceedings an extrajudicial investigation
b : delivered without legal authority : private sense 2a(1) the judge's extrajudicial statements
2 : done in contravention of due process of law an extrajudicial execution

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extrajudicially \ ˌek-​strə-​jü-​ˈdish-​lē How to pronounce extrajudicially (audio) , -​ˈdi-​shə-​ \ adverb

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The Human Rights Council and the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings are critical of the human-rights violations that come with harsh national policies to suppress drug use, and the WHO wants a shift in the status quo. The Economist, "A global revolution in attitudes towards cannabis is under way," 29 Aug. 2019 The commission eventually confirmed widespread extrajudicial mass executions of unarmed civilians across South Korea by its own police and military, as well as by right-wing villagers. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "Excavating a Horror That Some Koreans Wish Would Stay Buried," 5 July 2019 Acosta's death came eight days after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet visited Caracas to monitor the human rights situation in Venezuela, including military detention and extrajudicial killings. Stefano Pozzebon And Holly Yan, CNN, "Venezuelan Navy captain dies in government custody after allegations of abuse," 30 June 2019 Seven inmates were killed during security raids, and an international tribunal in Guatemala prosecuted Giammattei for his alleged involvement in extrajudicial executions. Washington Post, "Four things to know about Guatemala’s new president-elect," 12 Aug. 2019 The report cited nearly 8,300 extrajudicial executions since 2015 and more than 12,000 arbitrary detentions during waves of deadly street protests that have rocked Venezuela since Mr. Maduro won elections in 2013. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Venezuela’s First Lady," 25 Sep. 2018 That panel was the group that prosecuted — and later acquitted — Giammattei for presiding over alleged extrajudicial killings. Washington Post, "Four things to know about Guatemala’s new president-elect," 12 Aug. 2019 The former director of the country’s prison system was investigated in the extrajudicial killings of several prisoners, but the charges against him were eventually dropped. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, "Guatemala, simmering with discontent, shows little enthusiasm for the presidential election," 9 Aug. 2019 Lawmakers cited offenses including extrajudicial killings, murders, confiscation of firearms without warrants and incarceration without due process. Lauren Cook, CNN, "Their ancestors were slain a century ago along the US-Mexico border. They say now is the time to retell the horror," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of extrajudicial

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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ex·​tra·​ju·​di·​cial | \ ˌek-strə-ju̇-ˈdi-shəl How to pronounce extrajudicial (audio) \

Legal Definition of extrajudicial

1 : not involving, occurring in, or forming part of a legal proceeding a creditor's extrajudicial repossession of property an extrajudicial investigation especially : out-of-court an extrajudicial identification
2 : stemming from something outside of a court proceeding a judge disqualified for bias that is extrajudicial and not derived from the evidence presented
3 : occurring or arising outside of the course of judicial duties a judge's extrajudicial conduct

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extrajudicially adverb

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