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 His campaign has spent just $23,000 on digital ads, while Democrat Cheri Beasley, the former state Supreme Court chief justice has spent $2.1 million on TV ads. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 19 July 2022 The Supreme Judicial Court chief justice’s salary, for example, would rise by nearly $26,000 to $232,101, while trial court justices’ pay would reach $207,855. Matt Stout,, 17 July 2022 The House on Tuesday will vote on a bill that would remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol, including a bust of a former Supreme Court chief justice. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, 29 June 2021 John Roberts is the chief justice of the Supreme Court, and the eight associate justices include Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Ketanji Brown Jackson. Shannon Larson,, 5 July 2022 Bush interviewed no Hispanic candidate for the spots that year, and eventually federal appellate judges John Roberts and Samuel Alito were selected, Roberts to be chief justice and Alito to fill O'Connor's seat. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 7 Feb. 2022 Parker, as chief justice, is the administrative head of Alabama’s Unified Judicial System. Mike Cason |, al, 13 July 2022 Strine, who spent over 20 years working in the Delaware courts, most recently as chief justice of that state’s supreme court, helped shape the legal norms that Musk will seek to test by terminating his agreement to acquire Twitter. Jef Feeley, Fortune, 10 July 2022 The chief justice suggested that the court could uphold the Mississippi law at issue in the case, which bans abortions after 15 weeks, but stop short of overruling Roe outright. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 3 May 2022 See More

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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 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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