jus·tice /'jəs-təs/ n [Old French, from Latin justitia, from justus just]
1 a: the quality of being just, impartial, or fair
it is not the province of the court to decide upon the justice or injustice...of these lawsScott v. Sanford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857)
b: the principle or ideal of just dealing; also: conformity to the principle or ideal of just dealing
2 a: the administration of law
a fugitive from justice; esp: the establishment or determination of rights according to law or equity
system of justice
b: fair, just, or impartial legal process
courts or tribunals...for the administration of international justice — G. R. Winters
3: judge; esp: a judge of an appellate court or court of last resort (as a supreme court)
insults to particular justice s and threats of civil disobedience were bandied freely — R. H. Bork

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun aequitas, equitableness, equity, fair-mindedness, fair play, fair treatment, fairness, freedom from bias, impartiality, iustitia, justness, objectivity, probity, propriety, reason, reasonableness, rectitude, reparation, retribution, right, righteousness, rightfulness, uprighteousness associated concepts: due administration of justice, ends of justice, equity, fleeing from justice, fugitive from justice, in furtherance of justice, in the interests of justice, miscarriage of justice, obstructing justice, preventive justice, speedy justice, substantial justice foreign phrases:
- Melior est justitia vere praevenlens quam severe puniens. — Truly preventive justice is better than severe punishment
- Justitia non est neganda non differenda. — Justice is neither to be denied nor delayed
- In re propria iniquum admodum est allcul llcentiam tribuere sententiae. — It is unjust for anyone to assign to himself the privilege of deciding his own case
- Sacramentum habet in se tres comites, veritatem, justitiam, et judicium; veritus habenda est in furato; Iustitia et justicium in judice. — An oath has in it three components — truth, justice, and judgment; truth in the party swearing, justice and judgment in the judge administering the oath
- Justitia est constans et perpetua voluntas jus suum cuique tribuendi. — justice is the constant and perpetual means to render to each one his rights
- Lex dilationes semper exhorret. — The law always abhors delays.
- Boni judicis est ampliare justitiam. — It is the duty of a good judge to make precedents which amplify justice.
- Discretio est scire per legem quid sit justum. — Discretion consists in knowing through the law what is just
- Justitia est duplex, viz., severe puniens et vere praeveniens. — Justice is double, that is to say punishing severely, and truly preventing
- Nulli vendemus, nulli negabimus, aut dlfferemus rectum vel justitian. — We will sell to none, we will deny to none, we will delay to none, either equity or justice.
- Justitia non novit patrem nee matrem; solum verttatem spectat justitia. — Justice knows neither father nor mother; justice looks to the truth alone
- Quod ad jus naturale attinet omnes homines aequales sunt. — All men are equal as far as the natural law is concerned
- Accipere quid ut justitiam facias, non est tarn accipere quam extorquere. — The acceptance of a reward for doing justice is not so much an acceptance as an extortion
- Justitia neminl neganda est. — Justice is to be denied to no one
- Plena et ceteris justitia fiat partibus. — Let full and speedy justice be done to the parties
- Jure naturae aequum est neminem cum alterius detrimento et injuria fieri locupletiorem. — According to the laws of nature, it is just that no one should be enriched by the detriment and injury of another
- Fiat justitia, mat coelum. — Let right be done, though the heavens fall.
- Nihil magis justum est quam quod necessarium est. — Nothing is more just than what is necessary
- Lex non deficit in justitia exhibenda. — The law does not fail in dispensing justice
- Bonus judex secundum aequum et bonum judicata et aequitatem stricto juri praefert. — Good judges decide according to what is just and right, and prefer equity to strict law
- Lex plus laudatur quando ratione probatur. — The law is most praiseworthy when it is consistent with reason.
- Vigilantibus et non dormientibus jura subveniunt. — The laws aid the vigilant and not those who slumber.
- Judex bonus nihil ex arbitrlo suo faclat, nee propositione domesticae voluntatis, sed juxta leges et jura pronunclet. — A good judge should do nothing of his own arbitrary will, nor on the dictate of his personal wishes, but should decide according to law and justice.
- Qui allquld statuerlt, parte inaudita altera, aequum licet dtxerk, baud aequum fecerit. — He who decides anything without hearing both sides, although he may decide correctly, has by no means acted justly.
- Fraus et jus nunquam cohabitant. — Fraud and justice never dwell together
- Festinatio justitiae est noverca infortunii. — The hastening of justice is the stepmother of misfortune
- Commodum ex injuria sua non habere debet. — No person ought to derive any advantage by his own wrong
- Veritas habenda est in juratore; justitia et judicium in fudice. — Truth should be possessed by a juror, justice and judgment by a judge.
- Jus est ars boni et aequi. — Law is the science of what is good and just.
- Lex est dictamen rationis. — Law is the dictate of reason.
- Lex est ratio summa, quae jubet quae sunt utilla et necessaria et contraria prohibet. — That which is law is the consummation of reason, which commands those things useful and necessary, while prohibiting the contrary.
- Sequl debet potentia justitiam, non praecedere. — Power ought to follow justice, not precede it.
- Summa cartas est facere justitiam singulis, et omni tempore quando necesse fuerit. — The greatest charity is to do justice to everyone, and at all times when it is necessary
II index bench, condemnation (punishment), court, disinterest (lack of prejudice), equity (justice), ethics, fairness, judge, jurist, magistrate, moderation, objectivity, principle (virtue), probity, rectitude, retribution, right (righteousness)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) Fairness; fair and just administration of law; fair treatment or behavior.
(2) A judge; a magistrate; a judge sitting on the Supreme Court of a state or country.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

1) A concept of fairness and moral rightness.
2) A scheme or system of law.
3) Judges on the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeal, and state appellate courts.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. The balanced and equitable administration of law.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The proper administration of the law; the fair and equitable treatment of all individuals under the law. A title given to certain judges, such as federal and state supreme court judges.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The proper administration of the law; the fair and equitable treatment of all individuals under the law. A title given to certain judges, such as federal and state supreme court judges.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) fairness.
   2) moral rightness.
   3) a scheme or system of law in which every person receives his/ her/its due from the system, including all rights, both natural and legal. One problem is that attorneys, judges and legislatures often get caught up more in procedure than in achieving justice for all. Example: the adage "justice delayed is justice denied," applies to the burdensome procedures, lack of sufficient courts, the clogging of the system with meritless cases and the use of the courts to settle matters which could be resolved by negotiation. The imbalance between court privileges obtained by attorneys for the wealthy and for the person of modest means, the use of delay and "blizzards" of unnecessary paper by large law firms, and judges who fail to cut through the underbrush of procedure all erode justice.
   4) an appellate judge, the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, a member of a Federal Court of Appeal and judges of any of the various state appellate courts.
   See also: court

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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