Definition of puisne
French puisné, now obsolete form of puîne, contraction of puis (“later”) + né (“born”).
puisne (not comparable)
- (law) Inferior in rank. A Puisne Justice of a court is a judge other than the Chief Justice.
- The term is used almost exclusively in common law jurisdictions such as England, Australia, Canada, Sri Lanka, and formerly in Hong Kong. The equivalent term in the United States is Associate Justice.
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