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Legally right; conformity with that which is lawful or fair.

Just cause for an action, for example, is a reason for a course of action that is based upon Good Faith.

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

JUST. This epithet is applied to that which agrees with a given law which is the test of right and wrong. 1 Toull. prel. n. 5 Aust. Jur. 276, n. It is that which accords with the perfect rights of others. Wolff, Inst. Sec. 83; Swinb. part 1, s. 2, n. 5, and part 1, Sec. 4, n. 3. By just is also understood full and perfect, as a just weight Swinb. part 1, s. 3, U. 5.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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England needs and still more will need the influence of a fully informed democracy if the wisest and justest end of this conflict is to be reached.
[of] the wisest, and justest, and best of all the men whom I have ever known." (18) Abe was a person of great moral and intellectual integrity, and with his death we have lost one of the best of our generation.
who have imposed the death penalty on crimes when representing the authority of the State in accordance with the laws of the State, the justest and most reasonable source of power." (21)
(37) "I can conceive him," said Thomas Love Peacock, Shelley's friend and the justest and most succinct of his critics, if he had lived to the present time, passing his days like Volney, looking on the world from his windows without taking part in its turmoils; and perhaps ...
Since the city as city is a society which from time to time must wage war, and war is inseparable from harming innocent people, the unqualified condemnation of harming human beings would be tantamount to the condemnation of even the justest city.
Lauder, and Lauder himself convicted of Several Forgeries and gross Impositions on the Public (1751) for having "the justest Claim to the Honor of being the Original Detector of this ungenerous Critic." (5)
And O forgive, tho' faint the Transcript be, That copies an Original like thee: My justest Pride, my best Attempt for Fame, That joins my own to Philomela's Name (Kelly, Bluestocking Feminism 2: 351).
Alfred is described as `the mildest, justest, most beneficient of kings' who `crush'd corruption, guarded liberty, and was the founder of the English constitution', in pointed reference to qualities which George II was felt to lack.
Whatever the reason for delay, the Court held in 1883 that the Civil Rights Act of 1875 was unconstitutional because it constituted "direct and primary" legislation of private conduct, without reference to whether the state provides equal protection of the law.(78) The Act "applie[d] equally to cases arising in States which have the justest laws respecting the personal rights of citizens, and whose authorities are ever ready to enforce such laws, as to those which arise in States that may have violated the prohibition of the amendment," and thus extended beyond the power of Congress under Section Five.(79) While this statement of controlling principle is sound, the decision to invalidate the entire Act is subject to three quite serious objections.
In the opening lines he writes as one aware of the competitive judicial climate which James had addressed in his speech: |So, justest Lord, may all your Judgements be / Lawes, and no change e're come to one decree' (1-2).