- a high judicial officer in medieval England.
- the chief political and judicial officer in England from the reign of William I to that of Henry III.
- justiciary(def 2).
Origin of justiciar
1475–85; < Medieval Latin jūsticiārius justiciary
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Examples from the Web for justiciar
Your lordship, being the justiciar, speaks with knowledge of what is to come to me.Captain Blood
That is why the archbishop and the justiciar accompanied the expedition.Medival Wales
A. G. Little
He traces his descent from the justiciar of the Norman kings.
Justiciar, the citizens permitted to elect their own, i, 43.London and the Kingdom - Volume III
Reginald R. Sharpe
Its president was the Justiciar, who was the king's representative.
- English legal history the chief political and legal officer from the time of William I to that of Henry III, who deputized for the king in his absence and presided over the kings' courtsAlso called: justiciary
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