|Origin:||Latin justitia, from justus; JUST2|
Related topics: Law
the system by which people are judged in courts of law and criminals are punished: ➔ miscarriage of justice! Do not use justice when you mean the laws of a country and the ways in which these laws operate. Use legal system: The jury plays an important role in the legal system.
system of judgement[uncountable]SCL
a book on the criminal justice system
The killers will be brought to justice (=caught and punished).
Acts of terrorism must not escape justice.
fairness in the way people are treated [≠ injustice]: ➔ poetic justice
Children have a strong sense of justice.
His people came to him, demanding justice.
the quality of being right and deserving fair treatment:
No one doubts the justice of our cause.
4 also do somebody/something justice
to treat or represent someone or something good, beautiful etc in a way that is as good as they deserve:
The photo doesn't do her justice.
No words can do justice to the experience.
to do something such as a test well enough to show your real ability:
Sara panicked in the exam and didn't do herself justice.
used to say that someone has been treated fairly or has been given a punishment they deserve
judge[countable] also Justice
a) American EnglishSCL
a judge in a law court
b) British EnglishSCL
the title of a judge in the High Court