chief justice


Definition of chief justice 

: the presiding or principal judge of a court of justice

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Its chief justice, Malgorzata Gersdorf, is on a personal vacation. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Poland Steps Up Supreme Court Purge," 13 July 2018 The Democrats are completely out of power in Washington and across most of the country, and the Supreme Court is one retirement or heart attack away from a 6-3 conservative majority (and a chief justice who is just 63). Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "Don’t Count on History to Judge Wisely," 27 June 2018 Moreno's testimony in Colombia has led to the arrests of the former Supreme Court chief justice and other government officials in that country. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "He was Colombia's anti-corruption chief. Now, he's facing bribery charges in Miami.," 19 May 2018 Robinson was Malloy’s second choice for chief justice. David Owens,, "Richard A. Robinson Sworn In As Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice," 18 June 2018 Republicans in the Connecticut Senate on Tuesday blocked the confirmation of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s choice for chief justice of the state Supreme Court in a highly unusual partisan dispute over a judicial nomination. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "Connecticut Supreme Court Nominee Is Blocked by State Republicans," 27 Mar. 2018 Michał Laskowski, a judge and spokesman for the Supreme Court, says the chief justice will not back down. Kristen Chick, The Christian Science Monitor, "By staying on the job, Poland's top judge fights the right-wing government," 13 July 2018 In his dissent, John Roberts, the chief justice, noted the country had over 10,000 tax localities, many of which have their own arcane laws on how different products should be taxed. The Economist, "Amazon wins from a Supreme Court ruling," 10 July 2018 Based partly on that advice, Bush picked John Roberts Jr., who today is chief justice. Ann E. Marimow, The Seattle Times, "From Clinton to Trump: How Kavanaugh navigated through some of Washington’s biggest scandals," 9 July 2018

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1534, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of chief justice

: the most important and powerful judge of a court of law and especially of the U.S. Supreme Court

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Legal Definition of chief justice 

: a chief judge of a usually higher level court specifically, often capitalized : the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

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