Legal Definition and Related Resources of Justiciable

Meaning of Justiciable

A controversy is said to be justiciable where it is a real and substantial controversy and it is appropriate for judicial determination . should involve specific adverse claims based on present rather than future speculative facts, and should be ripe for judicial determination. The phrase justiciable controversy is frequently to be found in the context of declaratory judgments which require an existing actual and substantial dispute involving legal relations of parties who have real adverse interests. See, e.g., I man v Southern Pac. Co., 435 P.2d851, 7 Ariz.App. 16.

Synonyms of Justiciable


  • actionable
  • amenable to law
  • arguable
  • capable of being decided by a court
  • cognizable
  • disputable
  • jurisdictional
  • liable to prosecution
  • litigable
  • proper for judicial examination
  • proper for judicial review
  • proper to be examined in courts of justice
  • ripe to submit forjudicial review
  • subject to action of court of justice
  • triable
  • Associated Concepts: justiciable controversy

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Meaning of Justiciable in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Justiciable published by the National Association for Court Management: Issues and claims capable of being properly examined in court.


This term is an adjetive.

Etimology of Justiciable

(You may find justiciable at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

amenable to law, subject to judicial trial, mid-15c., from Anglo-French and Old French justiciable “pertaining to justice or law,” hence “proper to be brought before a court of justice,” from justicier, from Latin iustitia “righteousness; equity” (see justice).







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