A woman from South Dakota is being asked to explain her pronunciation of “judges” in a state court in South Dakota.
In April, a South Dakota appeals court ruled that the phrase “judging” in judicial appointments is unconstitutional.
The state has appealed the decision, but a federal judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case on Monday.
The woman, Jennifer Pyle, said she doesn’t like the way judges are referred to.
She has a doctorate in education, but is a lawyer, and she says she wants to practice law in a neutral setting.
“I just feel that the word judge should be used in a respectful way,” Pyle told ABC News.
“It’s an honorable profession that requires people to respect each other and their profession.”
A judge in the state of South Dakota holds a court hearing on the constitutionality of the term “judiciary” in April.
Pyle’s complaint has prompted calls for the term to be changed to “court.”
The term “judicial” was coined in the 17th century by American jurists who believed judges were the people responsible for deciding cases.
But the word “judgment” is also a common English spelling in use, meaning “justice.”
In its Supreme Court ruling, the Supreme Court said judges are the “people” who make decisions.
In South Dakota, the case is a challenge to the constitutionally-created term “courts,” which the state Supreme Court decided was unconstitutional.
In her complaint, Pyle is seeking to change the term’s definition to “judicial body.”
“Therefore, it is the legislature that must decide the meaning. “
In other words, the legislature has no authority to determine the meaning of a word,” she wrote.
“Therefore, it is the legislature that must decide the meaning.
The court should clarify the meaning by eliminating the term ‘judicial body.'”
The court’s decision is expected to be announced in June.
The South Dakota Judicial Association said in a statement that the decision “is a welcome and necessary step toward ending the discriminatory use of the word ‘judge.'”
“The courts are not, and never have been, ‘judges,'” the statement read.
“The legislature is the sole authority to define what the courts are, and to interpret the meaning and application of the laws it passes.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.