- Law. the presiding judge of a court having several members.
- (initial capital letters) Official title Chief Justice of the United States. the presiding judge of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Origin of chief justice
First recorded in 1685–95
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Examples from the Web for chief justice
As Chief-justice, he was the head of the Judicial department.Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather
Charles W. Upham
Chief-Justice Jay was sent to London to confer with the king, which he did.
Your late Chief-Justice Broderick is here, and they say violent as a tiger.The Journal to Stella
"I beg your pardon, again, brother Downright," interrupted the chief-justice.
Meditation, chief-justice, delivered the opinion of the bench.
- (in any of several Commonwealth countries) the judge presiding over a supreme court
- (in the US) the presiding judge of a court composed of a number of members
See also Lord Chief Justice
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