chief justice


Definition of chief justice 

: the presiding or principal judge of a court of justice

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The chief justice currently has constitutional autonomy in deciding how the system spends the $139 million budget. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Impeachment focus back on W.Va. court after justice resigns," 13 Nov. 2018 Casey applies the principles of stare decisis to Roe v. Wade, and, according to the chief justice, is itself a precedent of the court that is entitled to respect. NBC News, "Why Roe v. Wade is likely not in grave danger no matter whom Trump nominates," 5 July 2018 His mother, Eleanor Mortimer, came from a wealthy family whose ancestors included John Jay, the first chief justice of the U.S. His father, Maxime Hubert Furlaud, was born in France into a family that produced cognac. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Squibb CEO Furlaud Was Spurred by a Depression-Era Drop in Status," 21 Sep. 2018 Among them was Tom Parker, the conservative judge on the Alabama Supreme Court who is seeking the court's chief justice position. John Sharp,, "Bill Hightower cites sheriff's inmate-feeding practices for budget reform," 10 Apr. 2018 Its chief justice, Malgorzata Gersdorf, is on a personal vacation. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Poland Steps Up Supreme Court Purge," 13 July 2018 The Democrats are completely out of power in Washington and across most of the country, and the Supreme Court is one retirement or heart attack away from a 6-3 conservative majority (and a chief justice who is just 63). Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "Don’t Count on History to Judge Wisely," 27 June 2018 Moreno's testimony in Colombia has led to the arrests of the former Supreme Court chief justice and other government officials in that country. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "He was Colombia's anti-corruption chief. Now, he's facing bribery charges in Miami.," 19 May 2018 Robinson was Malloy’s second choice for chief justice. David Owens,, "Richard A. Robinson Sworn In As Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice," 18 June 2018

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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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