chief justice


Definition of chief justice

: the presiding or principal judge of a court of justice

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This is as close as a chief justice gets to calling a cabinet secretary a liar. The Economist, "The Supreme Court wraps up its term, inching to the right," 4 July 2019 Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the swearing in of St. Paul native Warren Burger as chief justice of the United States. Hugh Hewitt, Twin Cities, "Hugh Hewitt: A chief justice’s underappreciated legacy comes into focus," 27 June 2019 Moreno would be allowed to stay on as chief justice in a transitional government. Washington Post, "Maduro’s ex-spy chief lands in U.S. armed with allegations against Venezuelan government," 24 June 2019 Ronald George, also a Wilson appointee, found himself in that position many times in his 20 years on the court, the last 15 as chief justice, before retiring in 2011. Bob Egelko,, "California’s high court walks high wire on initiatives, 2 ex-justices say," 23 June 2019 McFarland went on to serve four years as Arizona governor and later as chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "As the GI Bill turns 75, Arizona's Sen. Ernest McFarland is remembered for key role," 21 June 2019 Moore has a strong following among Alabama's evangelical voters, support that propelled him to twice being elected as the state's chief justice. Kim Chandler,, "Alabama’s Roy Moore might announce another run for the U.S. Senate this week," 18 June 2019 Loughry was removed as chief justice and suspended without pay earlier this year by the state’s high court. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Trials adding up for West Virginia Supreme Court justices," 2 Oct. 2018 His 13-month tenure as chief justice has won him accolades from advocates of disadvantaged groups but drawn unprecedented criticism from other members of the bench. Ashok Sharma, Fox News, "India chief justice's new decision strikes down adultery law," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of chief justice

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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