Definition of chief justice in US English:

chief justice


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

    • ‘The Senate assembles as a court to try the president, with the Supreme Court chief justice acting as a judge without voting powers.’
    • ‘After doing so, I received a letter from the present chief justice of the Supreme Court of a Southern state.’
    • ‘The rule of law must be respected and honored - especially by the chief justice of a state supreme court.’
    • ‘In my own country, the prime minister, attorney general, chief justice, and governor general are all mid-life women.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Supreme Court chief justice only presides over the trial, he cannot vote when the case is up for resolution.’
    • ‘Also some of the presenters incorrectly refer to the prosecutor general as chief justice.’
    • ‘The criminal said the chief justice might have ‘prejudicial feelings’ against him.’
    • ‘It will be presided over by the Supreme Court chief justice, who will act as the judge.’
    • ‘The chief justice of the supreme court has stepped into the presidency, as stipulated in the constitution.’
    • ‘The government responded by preparing an impeachment motion against the chief justice.’
    • ‘The Judiciary Act created a Supreme Court of six judges, a chief justice and five associate justices.’
    • ‘All the ordinary judges of the Supreme Court and the chief justice were educated in private schools.’
    • ‘There is a Supreme Court, the chief justice of which is a nonresident.’
    • ‘He amended the Constitution to strip the President of the power to remove him, and ousted the chief justice of the Supreme Court.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 chief justice presides at the conference and allocates opinion writing, but he has no casting vote and no power to instruct colleagues.’
    1. 1.1Chief Justice of the United States (the formal title of) the chief justice of the US Supreme Court.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When the president is impeached, the Chief Justice of the United States presides over the trial in the Senate.’
      • ‘The Senate has confirmed him as Chief Justice of the United States.’


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