chief justice
chief justice n: a chief judge of a usu. higher level court; specif often cap: the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
chief jus·tice·ship n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

chief justice
n.
The judge who presides over a court with more than one judge.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


chief justice
A judge who presides over any state supreme court or over the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


chief justice
The presiding, most senior, or principal judge of a court.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


chief justice
The presiding, most senior, or principal judge of a court.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

Chief Justice
n.
   the presiding judge of any State Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. The Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is appointed by the President and then must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The Chief Justice sets the tone for the court, assigns the writing of majority opinions to fellow justices or to himself/herself, and oversees the management of the court and its staff. Since U.S. Supreme Court justices serve for life or until voluntary retirement, they can have long-term influence. There have been only 16 U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justices in over 200 years. All but two were appointed from outside the ranks of existing Associate Justices.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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