chief justice


Definition of chief justice

: the presiding or principal judge of a court of justice

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An orientation is provided by the chief justice and the administrative director to the newest members of the court. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Bill Montgomery's first day as an Arizona Supreme Court justice," 10 Sep. 2019 Mr Sengar and his allies in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including Mr Adityanath and the MP from Unnao, celebrated a resounding victory at the polls in May. The victim wrote a letter to the chief justice of the Supreme Court asking for help. The Economist, "India’s justice system does far too little to protect witnesses," 22 Aug. 2019 Taney, a native of Calvert County, Md., served as the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and authored the 1857 Dred Scott decision upholding slavery. Fox News, "Kimberly Klacik: Dems don't know how to fix Baltimore problems, attack Trump instead," 30 July 2019 In response, the chief justice stepped into the limelight, apparently to rebuke the president. Carson Holloway, National Review, "John Roberts: A Political Judge?," 20 June 2019 If Reader does not contest the suspension, the prosecutor assigned to the case will prepare a judgment entry for the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Bob Strickley,, "Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader charged. What happens next?," 13 Apr. 2018 The thesis of constitutional morality developed by former chief justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra to inter alia protect an individual against majoritarian opinion, although criticised for subjective potential, has buttressed plurality. Salman Khurshid, Quartz India, "Rumours, suspicions, fears: What Indian Muslims have battled since Independence," 26 July 2019 Three Republicans filed to run in the Aug. 6 primary: Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, former state Supreme Court chief justice Bill Waller Jr., and Foster., "Mississippi politician tells female reporter she must have chaperone," 11 July 2019 Greg Guidry, associate chief justice for the Louisiana Supreme Court, is one step away from being confirmed as a federal judge. Greg Larose,, "Greg Guidry one step away from federal judgeship in New Orleans," 18 June 2019

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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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