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JUSTICE, n. Also ne.Sc. forms †jeestice (Abd. 1692 A. Pitcairne Assembly (1722) 35), joostice (Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xviii.) (see P.L.D. §§ 37, 128 and phonetic note to Juist). Sc. usages in combs. and phrs.: 1. College of Justice, the formal and historical name of the Court of Session. See Senator, Session, College of Justice; †2. justice-aire, a sitting of the Court of Justiciary, q.v., when on circuit; 3. justice court, the High Court of Justiciary; 4. justice-tent, a tent set up at the chief fairs in Kincardineshire for the magistrate and his officers appointed to keep the peace. Obs. For the combs. Justice-Clerk, -General, see Lord. 1. Sc. 1722  W. Forbes Institute ii. i.:
This Court (called the College of Justice) sits in a House, called the Session-house.
Sc. 1928  Green's Encyclopedia V. 3:
Founded on the model of the French Parliament, the designation “College of Justice”, and also the title “senators”, applied to judges in the ratifying Act of 1540.
2. Gsw. 1722  Burgh Rec. Gsw. (1909) 134:
They are also obliged to answer to the sheriff courts and to attend the justice aires as freeholders.
Sc. 1797  D. Hume Criminal Law II. 214:
Even now . . . the Sheriffs are called up at the close of every Justice-Aire.
Sc. 1904  A. M. Anderson Crim. Law 223:
An Act of 1587 ordered justice ayres to be held, twice in the year as of old, in every shire in the Kingdom.
3. Sc. 1711  Earls Crm. (Fraser 1876) II. 123:
They applyed to the Advocat and then to the justice court for a warrant to aprehend him.
Sc. 1779  G. Stuart Observations 106:
The justice-court, or the court of justiciary, continues to subsist, though with greater order, and with added powers.
Sc. 1802  Laird o Logie in
Child Ballads No. 182 A. xiii.:
The morn the Justice Court's to stand, And Logie's place ye maun supply.
4. Kcd. 1813  G. Robertson Agric. Kcd. 405:
There is also here a strict police under the direction of a magistrate, who presides in the justice tent.

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