chief justice


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chief justice

also Chief Justice
n. Abbr. CJ
The presiding judge of a high court having several judges, especially the US Supreme Court.

chief justice

n
1. (Law) (in any of several Commonwealth countries) the judge presiding over a supreme court
2. (Law) (in the US) the presiding judge of a court composed of a number of members
chief justiceship n

chief′ jus′tice


n.
1. the presiding judge of a court having several members.
2. (caps.) Official title, Chief′ Jus′tice of the Unit′ed States′. the presiding judge of the U.S. Supreme Court.
[1685–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chief justice - the judge who presides over a supreme courtchief justice - the judge who presides over a supreme court
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
judge, jurist, justice - a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice
Translations

chief justice

n (Brit) → ˜ Oberrichter(in) m(f); (US) → Oberster Bundesrichter, Oberste Bundesrichterin

Chief Justice

npresidente m di Corte di Cassazione
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Thus he learned that, after long persecutions, Smith reappeared in Illinois, and in 1839 founded a community at Nauvoo, on the Mississippi, numbering twenty-five thousand souls, of which he became mayor, chief justice, and general-in-chief; that he announced himself, in 1843, as a candidate for the Presidency of the United States; and that finally, being drawn into ambuscade at Carthage, he was thrown into prison, and assassinated by a band of men disguised in masks.
While I looked about me here, an exceedingly dirty and partially drunk minister of justice asked me if I would like to step in and hear a trial or so: informing me that he could give me a front place for half-a-crown, whence I should command a full view of the Lord Chief Justice in his wig and robes - mentioning that awful personage like waxwork, and presently offering him at the reduced price of eighteenpence.
I knew an Englishman, who went to the Chief Justice (he told me, that not then understanding the ways of the place, he trembled as he entered the room), and said, "Sir, I have come to offer you two hundred
Typee' was dedicated to Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw of Massachusetts, an old friendship between the author's family and that of Justice Shaw having been renewed about this time.
As for Samuel Sewall, he afterwards became chief justice of Massachusetts.
But, the gaol was a vile place, in which most kinds of debauchery and villainy were practised, and where dire diseases were bred, that came into court with the prisoners, and sometimes rushed straight from the dock at my Lord Chief Justice himself, and pulled him off the bench.
When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
Justice Stareleigh (who sat in the absence of the Chief Justice, occasioned by indisposition) was a most particularly short man, and so fat, that he seemed all face and waistcoat.
He touched for the evil, as usual; he held court in the gate at sunrise and tried cases, for he was himself Chief Justice of the King's Bench.
     President, but by that of the Chief Justice of the Supreme
The cronies nodded to each other, and Mr Parkes remarked in an undertone, shaking his head meanwhile as who should say, 'let no man contradict me, for I won't believe him,' that John Willet was in amazing force to-night, and fit to tackle a Chief Justice.
Challenger presided with a solemnity as if he were the Lord Chief Justice on the Bench.

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