Learn English – What’s the difference between “judicial” and “juridical”


I have found the definitions below from Merriam-Webster (my bold) and, aside from the fact that judicial has a wider use (and definition) than juridical (most of which I cut from this excerpt). When using each word as per my highlighted definition, is there a technical difference in what is being referred to or are they synonyms?

ju·rid·i·cal adj \ju̇-ˈri-di-kəl\

Definition of JURIDICAL

1: of or relating to the administration of justice or the office of a judge

2: of or relating to law or jurisprudence : legal

ju·di·cial adj \jü-ˈdi-shəl\

Definition of JUDICIAL

1a : of or relating to a judgment, the function of judging, the administration of justice, or the judiciary (judicial processes)

Best Answer

Historically there was no difference, and I suspect that is still so in some parts of the world. But in the British legal system at least there is a valuable difference, namely that juridical relates to the system of justice generally whereas judicial refers specifically to the acts of a judge. So if a judge says "You will go to jail for contempt" that is a judicial order; but there is a considerable amount of juridical paperwork to be completed.

You can, for example, buy books of precedents, and if they refer to court papers they are sometimes called juridical styles. But if a judge thinks the form is a bad one, there may be a footnote saying Judicially disapproved.