justiciary

noun

jus·​ti·​ci·​ary
ˌjəˈstishēˌerē,
-ri
plural -es
1
: the jurisdiction of a justiciar or of the High Court of Justiciary which consists of original and appellate jurisdiction in serious criminal cases and appellate jurisdiction from sheriff's decisions in civil matters in the small-debts court
2
[Medieval Latin justiciarius, justitiarius] : justiciar

Word History

Etymology

Middle English justiciarie, from Medieval Latin justiciaria, justitiaria, from Latin justitia justice + -aria -ary

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“Justiciary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justiciary. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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