ju·di·ca·ture /ˈʤudɪkəˌʧʊr, ʧɚ/
1. The state or profession of those employed in the administration of justice; also, the dispensing or administration of justice.
The honor of the judges in their judicature is the king's honor. --Bacon.
2. A court of justice; a judicatory.
3. The right of judicial action; jurisdiction; extent jurisdiction of a judge or court.
Our Savior disputes not here the judicature, for that was not his office, but the morality, of divorce. --Milton.
n 1: an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct
judicial business [syn: court, tribunal]
2: the system of law courts that administer justice and
constitute the judicial branch of government [syn: judiciary,
judicatory, judicial system]
3: the administration of law; the act of determining rights and
assigning rewards or punishments; "justice deferred is
justice denied" [syn: justice]
4: the position of judge [syn: judgship, judgeship]