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Inferior in rank. A puisne justice of a court is a judge other than the chief justice.
Origin: puisné, now obsolete form of puîne, contraction of puis + né. Related to puny.
later in age, time, etc.; subsequent
puny; petty; unskilled
younger or inferior in rank; junior; associate; as, a chief justice and three puisne justices of the Court of Common Pleas; the puisne barons of the Court of Exchequer
one who is younger, or of inferior rank; a junior; esp., a judge of inferior rank
Origin: [See Puny.]
Puisne is a legal term of art used mainly in British English meaning "inferior in rank". It is pronounced like the word puny, and that word, in the anglicized spelling, has become an ordinary adjective meaning weak or undersized. The judges and barons of the common law courts at Westminster, other than those having a distinct title, were called puisne. By the Supreme Court of Judicature Act 1877, a "puisne judge" is deemed a judge of the High Court other than the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice of England, the Master of the Rolls, the Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, and the Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, and their successors respectively. Puisne courts existed as lower courts in the early stages in the judiciary in British North America, in particular Upper Canada and Lower Canada.
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