The courts and the people who run them — particularly judges — make up the judiciary. Get caught painting graffiti on the courthouse? You just might find yourself facing the judiciary.

Another way to say judiciary is "judicial system." It's where you go with a legal dispute, whether you're divorcing someone, suing someone, or accusing someone of a crime. The Latin root is judicium, or "judgment," which is exactly the job of the judiciary: to sit in judgment of people by interpreting the law and then applying it.

Definitions of judiciary

n the system of law courts that administer justice and constitute the judicial branch of government

judicatory, judicature, judicial system
Federal Judiciary
the judiciary of the United States which is responsible for interpreting and enforcing federal laws
Type of:
scheme, system
a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole

n persons who administer justice

Type of:
administration, brass, establishment, governance, governing body, organisation, organization
the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something

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