Legal Definition and Related Resources of Judicial

Meaning of Judicial

Of or pertaining or appropriate to the administration of justice or courts of justice or a judge thereof, or the proceeding therein.

Judicial Alternative Definition

Belonging to the office of a judge; as judicial authority. Relating to or connected with the administration of justice; as a judicial officer. Having the character of judgment or formal legal procedure; as a judicial act. Proceeding from a court of justice; as a judicial writ, a judicial determination. Constituting the basis of a judgment; as a judicial opinion. Whatever emanates from a judge as such, or proceeds from a court of justice, is judicial. A power which, when exercised by officers not connected with the judiciary, would be regarded as purely administrative, becomes at once judicial when exercised by a court of justice. Where any power is conferred upon a court of justice, to be exercised by it as a court, in the manner and with the formalities used in its ordinary proceedings, the action of such court is to be regarded as judicial, irrespective of the original nature of the power. 22 N. Y. 67, 82, 84; 11 Abb. Pr. (N. Y.) 301, 315.

Synonyms of Judicial


  • considerate
  • disinterested
  • equitable
  • fair
  • forensis
  • impartial
  • iudicialis
  • judgelike
  • judgmatic
  • judicative
  • judicious
  • juridical
  • juristic
  • juristical
  • just
  • knowing
  • politic
  • prudent
  • prudential
  • rational
  • reasonable
  • reasoned
  • sagacious
  • sage
  • sapient
  • sensible
  • thoughtful
  • unbiased
  • unbigoted
  • uninfluenced
  • unprejudiced
  • unswayed
  • wise
  • Associated Concepts: critical state in a judicial proceeding
  • judicial act
  • judicial business
  • judicial circuit
  • judicial decision
  • judicial district
  • judicial function
  • judicial inquiry
  • judicial notice
  • judicial office
  • judicial opinion
  • judicial power
  • judicial proceeding
  • judicial review
  • judicial separation
  • judicial sequestration
  • judicial tribunalforeign phrases: Officia judicialia non concedantur antequam vacent
  • Judicial offices are not to be granted or appointed before they become vacant

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Etimology of Judicial

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late 14c., “of or pertaining to a judge; pertaining to the administration of justice,” from Latin iudicalis “of or belonging to a court of justice,” from iudicium “judgment, decision of a court of justice,” also the court itself, from iudex “a judge” (see judge (verb)). Related: Judicially.

Meaning of Judicial in Spanish

Description/ translation of judicial into Spanish: (adj.) judicial, jurisdiccional; judicial officer: juez (tanto si es competente para juzgar como si entiende exclusivamente en asuntos relativos a la imposición de medidas cautelares; órgano jurisdiccional, por ejemplo, un magistrate pertenece a esta categoría); se desaconseja la equivalencia “funcionario judicial”, que en castellano puede inducir a pensar que se trata de un funcionario con atribuciones administrativas; judicial economy: economía procesal; judicial notice: apreciación de oficio (de un hecho o situación), aplicación de oficio (de una norma jurídica, por ejemplo, de un derecho extranjero o de derecho internacional) por parte de un juez o tribunal; judicial review: (= scrutiny) 1) examen jurisdiccional, control judicial, examen por un juez o tribunal (se aplica particularmente a la apreciación por un órgano jurisdiccional de la legalidad de un acto de los poderes legislativo o ejecutivo); subject to judicial review: recurrible por la vía jurisdiccional[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where judicial belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Judicial published by Antonio Peñaranda



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