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A term used to describe the judicial branch of government; the judiciary; or those connected with the court system.

Judicature refers to those officers who administer justice and keep the peace. It signifies a tribunal or court of justice.

The Judicature Acts of England are the laws that established the present court system in England.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


1 the administration of justice.
2 the office, function, or power of a judge.
3 the extent of authority of a court or judge.
4 a body of judges or persons exercising judicial authority.
5 a court of justice or such courts collectively.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

JUDICATURE. The state of those employed in the administration of justice, and in this sense it is nearly synonymous with judiciary. This term is also used to signify a tribunal; and sometimes it is employed to show the extent of jurisdiction, as, the judicature is upon writs of error, &c. Com. Dig. Parliament, L 1; and see Com. Dig. Courts, A.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Depending upon the orientation of the particular clergyman, his congregation, and his ecclesiastical judicatory, one term is preferred to another as an indication of compliance or protest to a particular theological or ideological orientation.
(102) Perth's minister at that time and a minority of his congregants rejected what they viewed as the doctrinal innovations of the general church's judicatory body.
Rather, it will defer to the highest judicatory in a hierarchical church and to the majority vote in a church with a congregational polity.
A second project relates judicatory leaders and staff who work with the authorization of ministries of word and sacrament, as well as to the procedures whereby congregations secure trained leadership.
Daniel Woods illuminates southern Pentecostalism's practice of prayer in an essay called "The Royal Telephone." Departing from Grant Wacker's use of testimony from Pentecostal leaders (judicatory officials, missionaries, and educators), Woods allows readers to hear from the laity by focusing on letters in the Atlanta-based paper, the Bridegroom's Messenger, and book-length memoirs.
My own judicatory just had its first required boundaries workshop for all clergy just two years ago!
For civil courts to analyze whether the ecclesiastical actions of a church judicatory are in that sense "arbitrary" must inherently entail inquiry into the procedures that canon or ecclesiastical law supposedly requires the church judicatory to follow, or else in to the substantive criteria by which they are supposedly to decide the ecclesiastical question.
We have the right to engage in "religious disobedience" to the regulations of the judicatory that granted us the privilege to officiate at wedding ceremonies, and suffer the consequences.
Nonetheless, the referees decided that while Morse and Parish did "not violate any right, which any Judicatory, legal or equitable, is competent to enforce," these rights were trappings only (qtd.
Because Islam lacks a central judicatory, he stated that any U.S.-issued fatwah would be discredited by radical elements in the Middle East and Southwest Asia.
Reflecting on the impoverishment and destruction of urban neighborhoods and cities, as well as their recognition of racism as a central social problem, Catholic and Mainline Protestant churches at the local, judicatory, and denominational levels became substantial financial sponsors of the work of Saul Alinsky and other community organizers.
I have, as a district middle judicatory executive, been charged with the well-being of 70 congregations, intervened in church conflicts, counseled seminarians and clergy, quadrupled budgets and offered blessings.