chief justice


Definition of chief justice

: the presiding or principal judge of a court of justice

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The man who could replace Roy Moore as the next chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court is a lot like Moore—only more racist and homophobic. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Alabama’s Republican Nominee for Chief Justice Might Be the Only Judge More Racist Than Roy Moore," 8 June 2018 The group spent more than $600,000 two years ago targeting Goodson during her unsuccessful bid for chief justice. Andrew Demillo, The Seattle Times, "State supreme court battles mirror the fight over Kavanaugh," 2 Oct. 2018 Supreme Court chief justice John Roberts has referred more than a dozen ethics complaints made against Kavanaugh to the 10th circuit for review, the Associated Press reported on October 10. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Ethics Complaints About Brett Kavanaugh's Behavior During the Ford Hearing Might Be Investigated," 12 Oct. 2018 Wolfgang praised Herbst’s strong and early condemnation of Andrew McDonald, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s initial pick for state Supreme Court chief justice. Daniela Altimari,, "Tim Herbst Lands Endorsement of Connecticut Family Institute PAC," 16 May 2018 For years thereafter, Reinhardt clashed with then-Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist, a conservative elevated to chief justice by President Reagan in 1986. Maura Dolan,, "Stephen Reinhardt, 'liberal lion' of the 9th Circuit, dies at 87," 30 Mar. 2018 Still, Ray said there are parallels in Mississippi to the political dynamics in the 2017 Alabama special election runoff, when Jones, a former federal prosecutor, defeated Moore, a former state Supreme Court chief justice. Emily Wagster Pettus, The Seattle Times, "Democrats eye US Senate seat in Republican-led Mississippi," 13 Nov. 2018 Warren went on to become chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, and to write the opinion for Brown v. Board of Education, the case that effectively overturned Plessy v. Ferguson. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "How Méndez vs. Westminster Helped End Segregated Schools for Latinx Children in 1940s California," 12 Oct. 2018 The Philippines’ top court took the unprecedented step Friday of removing the nation’s chief justice. Andreo Calonzo,, "Top Philippine Judge Removed After Attacks on Duterte's Drug War," 11 May 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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