Stroud's Judicial Dictionary remains the starting point for research into the meaning of all words and phrases that come to be used in a legal context. Unlike Jowitt's Dictionary of English Law, which provides an authoritative definition of technical legal concepts, Stroud records how any expression that happens to occur in a legal document or be referred to for a legal purpose has been construed by the courts or defined in legislation.
Stroud is regularly cited to and by the courts when determining ranges of meaning given to different terms in legal contexts: and judges may turn to Stroud when construing anything from "enactment" (BAV-TMW-Globaler-Immobilien Spezialfonds v Revenue and Customs Commissioners)  UKFTT 129 (TC)) to "building" (LM Homes Ltd v Queen Court Freehold Co Ltd  UKUT 367) to "structure" (CQN RTM Co Ltd v Broad Quay North Block Freehold Ltd)  UKUT 183.
The Third Supplement to the Ninth Edition adds terms helpfully defined for the first time or in a new way, such as "deliberate absence", "exogenous infection"; "Kirpan"; "lobster pot principle"; "lorry surfing"; "pocketknife"; "pornographic material"; "pow" and others. At the same time it updates a number of old favourites including "agreed"; "benefits" consequential"; consideration"; "consumer"; "disproportionate" and many others.
- Provides the judicial definitions of terms or words established in decided cases or statutes
- An authoritative guide to the present construction of words and phrases occurring in legislation, decided cases and other legal documents
- Sets out, where applicable, the evolution of a term’s meaning
- Assists practitioners in construing legislation and other documents or in the drafting of documents
- A practical source of guidance for the setting out of definitions of particular concepts in the drafting of contracts and other legal documents
- Comprehensive coverage across three volumes of terms from the obscure to the everyday
- Includes both historic and contemporary terms
- Where a term is used in a number of legal areas the entry is broken down and sub-divided to ensure ease of use
- The text is regularly updated via supplementation
- Linked and common terms are cross-referenced ensuring different usage of words is covered
- Also includes references to definitions contained in statutes
- Entries are reviewed and examined to ensure the work contains only terms that will be of assistance to modern research