Judicial Power

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Meaning of Judicial Power

A power of a court to hear, decide and pronounce a judgment upon controversies presented to it and implies the construction of law and the adjudication of legal rights . To be distinguished from legislative power which is the power to enact laws or to declare what the law shall be whereas judicial power is the power which adjudicates upon the rights of citizens and to that end construes and applies the law. The authority to determine rights of persons or property by arbitrating between adversaries in specific controversies at the instance of a party thereto. A power conferred upon a public officer , involving the exercise of judgment and discretion in the determination of questions of right in specific cases affecting the interest of persons or property, as distinguished from ministerial power or authority to carry out the mandates of judicial power or of the law. In re Walker, 74 N. Y.S. 94, 68 App.Div. 196.

Judicial Power Alternative Definition

The authority vested in the judges or courts, as distinguished from that vested in other departments of government. That power by which judicial tribunals construe the constitution, and laws of the United States, or of the states, and determine the rights of parties, and application of the laws. 14 Abb. Pr. (N. S.; N. Y.) 165; 65 Barb. (N. Y.) 444; 270 111. 510, 511; 256 111. 621; 192 111. 612.

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