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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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Yet, the rigid application of Article 62 has raised question among jurists, because no proof is demanded from any candidate about his or her being "sagacious, righteous, non-profligate, honest and ameen," before swearing them in as members of the Shura.
According to The National Jurist, the rankings are "designed to find the law schools where graduates have excellent chances of passing the bar and getting a legal job without taking on a ton of debt."
There are quotations in this book from Ibn Surayj, a Baghdadi Shafi`i jurist who died in 918.
However, 'mere blind following' is not favored and 'following the opinion of a credulous mufti or jurist' as an expert opinion is supported.
He focuses on crucial stages in the development of the law, from a mysterious normative order that was a part of religious belief, to an abstract form of normative reasoning that is recognizable to the modern jurist of any tradition.
Islamic legal thought; a compendium of Muslim jurists.
Ten years ago, the judiciary instituted the Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan, (1) an employment system meant to regularize hiring in which most circuit and district court jurists voluntarily participated.
In a separate decree, Ayatollah Khamenei appointed Hojjatoleslam Mehdi Shabzendedar as the new jurist of the body, replacing recently deceased member of the council Ayatollah Gholamreza Rezvani.
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