[ joo-di-key-cher, -kuh-choor ]
/ ˈdʒu dɪˌkeɪ tʃər, -kəˌtʃʊər /
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the administration of justice, as by judges or courts.
the office, function, or authority of a judge.
the jurisdiction of a judge or court.
a body of judges.
the power of administering justice by legal trial and determination.



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Origin of judicature

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

/ (ˈdʒuːdɪkətʃə) /


the administration of justice
the office, function, or power of a judge
the extent of authority of a court or judge
a body of judges or persons exercising judicial authority; judiciary
a court of justice or such courts collectively
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