American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The presiding judge of a high court having several judges, especially the U.S. Supreme Court.
GNU Webster's 1913
- The presiding justice, or principal judge, of a court.
- n. See in the Vocabulary.
- n. the judge who presides over a supreme court
“The literary fund thus set apart for education was placed under the control of a board consisting of the governor, the two speakers of the House and Senate, the State treasurer, and the chief justice of the supreme court,”
“He was a brother of that eminent jurist, Henry E. Davies, a great lawyer and chief justice of our New York State Court of Appeals.”
“They appointed Lucius Licinius Lucullus to restore order; he was a praetor, a high-ranking public official who was combination chief justice and lieutenant general.”
“Beyond the village, about a hundred yards to the east, stood a spacious stone mansion with ornamental grounds, statues, groves, and shrubbery—the country seat of Benjamin Chew, chief justice of Pennsylvania.”
“In giving, for instance, a commission of chief justice to Bushrod Washington, it should be in consideration of his integrity, and science in the laws, and of the services rendered to our country by his illustrious relation, &c.”
“For this reason, for example, William Allen, chief justice of Pennsylvania, was among those unwilling to take up arms against the king.”
“Brackenridge sealed his political fate when he joined a small gathering of frontier delegates at the home of state chief justice Thomas McKean.”
“In 1921, Kickham Scanlan, chief justice of the Cook County Criminal Court, declared that Chicago “was beyond a doubt one of the most lawless communities in the entire country.””
“In March 2007, Musharraf made what would turn out to be a spectacular mistake, suspending the Supreme Court chief justice If-tikhar Chaudhry, ostensibly because he was abusing his office but more likely because he had shown refreshing independence from the government—for instance, by looking into the fates of some of the hundreds of “disappeared” Pakistanis who were widely believed to have been sucked into the maw of the ISI, the powerful military intelligence agency.”
“Thomas Ewing, Jr., was chief justice of the first supreme court of the state from February, 1861, to 28”
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