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chief justice

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.
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chief justiceship, noun Unabridged
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  • The dispute itself had not much value for him, even as education, but it led to his seeking light from the chief justice himself.

  • The chief justice, in various rulings, favored the present occupants.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • There was a brief colloquy among the three judges, and then the chief justice rapped again.

    Little Fuzzy Henry Beam Piper
  • The caution of the chief justice was extremely gratifying to the colony.

  • The chief justice: You say now that you wish your trial to be adjourned.

    The Battle of The Press Theophila Carlile Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for chief justice

chief justice

(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
Derived Forms
chief justiceship, noun
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