from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Under judicial deliberation; before a judge or court of law.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Before the judge, or court; not yet decided; under judicial consideration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Before the judge; under judicial consideration; not yet decided.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. before a judge or court of law; awaiting judicial determination


Latin sub iūdice : sub, beneath, before + iūdice, ablative of iūdex, judge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • He behaved as if there were never going to be a trial; as if awkward details like Land-Rovers, lopping shears, and confirmed matching DNA tests tying the shears to the Bracken colt were never going to surface, once the sub judice silence ended.

    Come To Grief

  • 'None of the Land-Rover evidence will get into the papers because the sub judice rule kicked in the minute they remanded him.

    Come To Grief

  • Under British sub judice law, no evidence might be publicly discussed between the remand and the trial.

    Come To Grief

  • After the first bombshell solution - a proposed solution - to a crime that had had half the country baying for blood (but not Ellis's blood, no no, it was unthinkable), there had been the first court appearance, the remand into custody (a scandal, he should of course be let out immediately on bail), and after that there had fallen a sudden press silence, while the sub judice law came into effect.

    Come To Grief


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