Definition of chief justice in English:

chief justice


  • 1(the title of) the presiding judge in a supreme court.

    • ‘There is a Supreme Court, the chief justice of which is a nonresident.’
    • ‘All the ordinary judges of the Supreme Court and the chief justice were educated in private schools.’
    • ‘A panel of five judges including the chief justice and his deputy handed down their decision on July 26.’
    • ‘As you may have heard, the former appellate judge is the chief justice of the United States.’
    • ‘The criminal said the chief justice might have ‘prejudicial feelings’ against him.’
    • ‘Also some of the presenters incorrectly refer to the prosecutor general as chief justice.’
    • ‘The lord chief justice has used all his skill and pragmatism trying to persuade the government not to take asylum and immigration issues out of the courts.’
    • ‘After doing so, I received a letter from the present chief justice of the Supreme Court of a Southern state.’
    • ‘The Senate assembles as a court to try the president, with the Supreme Court chief justice acting as a judge without voting powers.’
    • ‘It will be presided over by the Supreme Court chief justice, who will act as the judge.’
    • ‘He amended the Constitution to strip the President of the power to remove him, and ousted the chief justice of the Supreme Court.’
    • ‘The government responded by preparing an impeachment motion against the chief justice.’
    • ‘In my own country, the prime minister, attorney general, chief justice, and governor general are all mid-life women.’
    • ‘The chief justice presides at the conference and allocates opinion writing, but he has no casting vote and no power to instruct colleagues.’
    • ‘The Supreme Court chief justice only presides over the trial, he cannot vote when the case is up for resolution.’
    • ‘The chief justice of the supreme court has stepped into the presidency, as stipulated in the constitution.’
    • ‘The rule of law must be respected and honored - especially by the chief justice of a state supreme court.’
    • ‘Also appointed by the prime minister are the chief justices of the Supreme Court.’
    • ‘The chief justice of the high court and some other judges are appointed by the president.’
    • ‘The Judiciary Act created a Supreme Court of six judges, a chief justice and five associate justices.’
    1. 1.1Chief Justice of the United States (the formal title of) the chief justice of the US Supreme Court.
      • ‘The Senate has confirmed him as Chief Justice of the United States.’
      • ‘The Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court said: ‘Some current nominees have been waiting a considerable time for a Senate Judiciary Committee vote or a final floor vote.’’
      • ‘After 1912 he retired to the law, and was appointed Chief Justice of the United States by Warren Harding, in which capacity he presided very competently as a strict constitutionalist.’
      • ‘When the president is impeached, the Chief Justice of the United States presides over the trial in the Senate.’
      • ‘Applications are heard and either denied or granted by a special court composed of seven Federal district court judges designated by the Chief Justice of the United States.’


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