chief justice


Definition of chief justice

: the presiding or principal judge of a court of justice

Examples of chief justice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Callahan served on the state Supreme Court from 1985 to 2000 — chief justice from 1996 to 1999 — and died in 2013. Susan Dunne,, 2 June 2021 Roberts said Gorsuch was exaggerating his prior use of the ancient case, which prompted Gorsuch to further criticize the chief justice. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 21 May 2021 Cheri Beasley, the former North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice, announced her candidacy for Senate last month, while Rep. Val Demings is planning a bid in Florida. Simone Pathe, CNN, 27 May 2021 Arizona’s Republican governor, Doug Ducey, certified the state election results along with Arizona’s Republican attorney general and the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, a Republican appointee. Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2021 The new chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court is a third-generation Alaskan who worked on the trans-Alaska pipeline before heading to law school and embarking on a long legal career. Anchorage Daily News, 7 May 2021 The chief justice of Delaware’s Supreme Court says jury trials and additional in-person court proceedings could return to state courts in June if current COVID-19 trends continue. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2021 The Constitution dictates the chief justice of the Supreme Court should preside over an impeachment trial. Grace Segers, CBS News, 9 Feb. 2021 The Constitution states that the chief justice of the United States presides over any impeachment trial of the president or vice president. New York Times, 25 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of chief justice

1534, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chief justice was in 1534

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“Chief justice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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

Other Words from chief justice

chief justiceship noun

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