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A judge or legal scholar; an individual who is versed or skilled in law.

The term jurist is ordinarily applied to individuals who have gained respect and recognition by their writings on legal topics.


n. although it means any attorney or legal scholar, jurist popularly refers to a judge.


noun advocate, attorney, attorney-at-law, barrister, bencher, counsel, counselor, counselor-at-law, iuris consultus, iuris peritus, judge, jurisconsult, justice, lawyer, learned counsel, legal adviser, legal expert, legal practitioner, legal representative, legist, magistrate, master of jurisprudence, member of the bar, member of the legal profession, one called to the bar, pleader, practicing lawyer, practitioner of the law, procurator, prosecutor, public attorney, solicitor
Foreign phrases: Natura appetit perfectum, ita et lex.Nature seeks perfection, and so does the law. Non verbis sed ipsis rebus. leges imponimus. We do not impose laws upon words, but upon the things themselves. Leges naturae perfectissimae sunt et immutabiles; humani vero juris conditio semper in infinitum decurrit, et nihil est in eo quod perpetuo stare possit. The laws of nature are the most perfect and immutable, but the condition of human law is unending and there is nothing in it which can continue perpetually.
See also: advocate, attorney, barrister, counsel, counselor, esquire, judge, lawyer, magistrate

JURIST. One well versed in the science of the law. The term is usually applied to students and practitioners of law.

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Seeing that the jurist was very critical of Ibn Qutayba's stand on ahl al-bayt and jurists in general, he requested that al-Nu'man write down a detailed refutation for him to share with his pupils.
The decision to bring out the laws of UAE using Braille script was taken by the Jurist association at the meeting chaired by Solicitor Zayed Saeed Al Shamisi.
The jurists are being charged with "forming a terrorist group and membership of the organization," "military spying" and "political espionage" for their ruling during the Tawhid Salam investigation.
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The jurists also supported the stance of the government and said that we cannot get rid of terrorism until and unless the terrorists are not awarded deterrent and exemplary punishments.
He said that the present visit and interaction between the jurists of India and Pakistan will go a long way in understating each other better and demystifying a lingering sense of mistrust and apathy towards each other.
He briefed the jurists on a set of laws Jordan had accomplished on the road to comprehensive reform, telling them that his government had sent to parliament a reform legislation package and laws regulating political life, "which are now in their constitutional channels.
Thus, the jurists of early eighteenth-century France (or rather Toulouse, the focus of Silverman's research), despite their familiarity with the doctrine of proofs and its new constitution in 1670, nonetheless continued to regard pain-torture--as meaningful.
Bartolus's invocation of military privileges to justify the dignity of doctors of law was thus a classic example of the juristic technique of aequiparatio, which Ernst Kantorowicz has aptly described as "the essence of the art of the jurists -- the action of placing on equal terms two or more subjects which at first appeared to have nothing to do with each other.
It is not the job of functionaries in the Ministry of Education, the jurists declared, to decide on the orientation of schools.
78) Current developments in Iran indicate that, vilayet faqih, (government by jurists) turns on trends of thought amongst the jurists.
The issue of the seizure of properties was not included in the proposal by the jurists but was added to the draft bill when it was sent to Parliament for debate.