Hello,

I'm struggling to find the English term(s) which express(es) when someone doesn't wait for authorities to make steps in the person's interest and doesn't count on the way the law protects him, but acts on his own to dispense justice.

When people act as if they were the L a w or a judge with authority, deciding what was right from a person to do and what not, and they might even "do justice" in a situation.

What terms come to your mind? Please, could you help me?

Thanks.
Vigilante/vigilantism

Lynch
Thanks.

One more question, can vigilante/vigilantism refer also to when there's no violence in a situation, just the fact that a person doesn't wait for the opinion of his superiors (which he should do) but makes a decision instead on his own, and also acts according to his own decision, but his action doesn't involve violence?

Example: X is Z's boss. Z should always ask X on who he can allocate a part of the funds. But, despite this, Z, after having read through the request of a particular person, decides that he just doesn't like this person and so he doesn't even mention it to X that there was such a request on this person's part.

What is it that Z is doing? Is it also vigilantism, or something different? And what do you call it?

Thank you very much.
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You can say the people "take the law into their own hands." In the example you give, in an office (where it's not really a question of law) you could say the person "acted on his own authority" or "bypassed/ignored the proper channels/procedure."
AnonymousWhat terms come to your mind?
When people act as if they were the L a w or a judge with authority, deciding what was right from a person to do and what not, and they might even take the law into their own hands.

CJ
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