chief justice


Definition of chief justice

: the presiding or principal judge of a court of justice

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Recent Examples on the Web And earlier this month his government tried to force the chief justice to retire early. The Economist, "Wigged men v Big Man A court in Malawi tries to guarantee a fair election," 20 June 2020 Behind them was a statue of Justice Adolpho Birch, the first African American to serve as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Anchorage Daily News, "Amid protests for racial justice, Juneteenth celebrations get new urgency," 20 June 2020 Behind them was a statue of Justice Adolpho Birch, the first African-American to serve as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court., "Confederate obelisk removed from Georgia square amid cheers," 20 June 2020 One of the attorneys for the inmates and the NAACP is Thomas Zlaket, former chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "NAACP lawsuit targets Arizona private prisons, accuses state of practicing slavery," 20 June 2020 This ties into what the chief justice saw as the government’s second error. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "How rule of law saved DACA, for now," 19 June 2020 And at the same time, every chief justice of the Supreme Court was a slaveholder. NBC News, "How Juneteenth's history is being reshaped as America reckons with its past," 18 June 2020 Keeping one hundred senators and the chief justice in the same room for twelve hours each day would have been untenable. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "John Bolton: American Coward," 18 June 2020 Kavanaugh, who most frequently sides with the chief justice, often against the court's other three conservatives, penned one of two vehement dissents. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Ruling on LGBTQ rights once again reveals precarious nature of Supreme Court's conservative majority," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of chief justice

1534, in the meaning defined above

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“Chief justice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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