Definitions for deemster
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A judge; one who pronounces sentence or doom.
A judge on the Isle of Man.
Origin: From demester, demster, equivalent to .
a judge in the Isle of Man who decides controversies without process
A deemster is a judge in the Isle of Man. The High Court of Justice of the Isle of Man is presided over by a deemster or, in the case of the appeal division of that court, a deemster and the Judge of Appeal. The deemsters also promulgate the Laws on Tynwald Day by reading them out to the people in English and Manx. Previously the First and Second Deemsters had seats in the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man. The Second Deemster was removed in 1965 and the First Deemster in 1975. There are currently three full-time Deemsters in the Isle of Man. These are the First Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls, the Second Deemster, and an additional full-time Deemster. The offices of First Deemster, Second Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls are ancient offices. The offices of First Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls were combined in 1918, and a new office of Deputy Deemster was created in 2002 but abolished in 2009. Additional deemsters, full-time or part-time, may now be appointed; the present full-time additional deemster previously held the office of Deputy Deemster, and additional part-time deemsters are appointed from time to time to hear a particular case.
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