Definition of Lord Chief Justice in English:

Lord Chief Justice


  • The highest-ranking law officer in England and Wales, presiding over the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).

    • ‘The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice do not comment on individual cases before the courts.’
    • ‘After the hearing, I pulled it out again to make some notes on what we had to do before the next hearing, and I didn't notice that one of the Lord Chief Justices had not left the court yet.’
    • ‘However, the Lord Chief Justices and I have decided to put beyond reasonable doubt the safeguards guaranteeing their independence.’
    • ‘Special arrangements have been made under the Lord Chief Justice's Recommendations for Trials of Children and Young Persons.’
    • ‘Prior to that Act, the Lord Chief Justice presided over the Queen's Bench Division in addition to his other responsibilities.’