Chief Judge is the title given to the head of state of Mega-City One and is the highest rank in the Justice Department. Most of them have had Deputy Chief Judge's, stepping in if the Chief is killed, incapacitated, or away. In reforms started by Volt, they will only be acting-Chief Judge until confirmed by a senior Judge vote.
It is also the most commonly used term for a head of state across the world. This started when each mega-city in the United States gained an autonomous Justice Department and Chief.
Equivalent terms have included Chief Justice (Brit-Cit), Supreme Judge (Sov Block), Shogun Judge (Hondo), Chief Inspector (Cal-Hab), and Judge Supremo (Ciudad Barranquilla), though they have also used the term "Chief Judge" anyway. Luna-1 has a Judge-Marshal. In early strips, the MC-1 title was Grand Judge and IDW's comics they have been called Chief Justice.
List of Chief JudgesEdit
|List of Chief Judges|
|Eustace Fargo||2032 - 2052||Chief Judge Eustace Fargo was the founder of the Judge System|
|Solomon||2052 - 2057||Judge Solomon had previously served as Deputy Chief Judge under Fargo.|
|Goodman||2057 - 2100||Judge Goodman had previously served as Deputy Chief Judge under Solomon. Longest serving Chief Judge to date.|
|Cal||2100 - 2101||Judge Cal had previously served as Deputy Chief Judge under Goodman.|
|Griffin||2101 - 2104||Judge Griffin was the first to become Chief without being part of the previous government. He seized power in a rebellion against Cal.|
|Hilda Margaret McGruder||2104 - 2108||Judge McGruder was part of Griffin's Council of Five, and the only member still alive after the Apocalypse War.|
|Thomas Silver||2108 - 2112||Judge Silver was voted to be Chief by the Council of Five.|
|McGruder||2112 - 2116||First Chief Judge to serve a second term.|
|Hadrian Volt||2116 - 2121||First Chief Judge to be voted for by senior Judges.|
|Barbara Hershey||2121 - 2131||Judge Hershey served as Deputy Chief under Volt. Position confirmed by vote.|
|Dan Francisco||2131||Elected in a referendum against Hershey.|
|Martin Sinfield||2131 - 2132||Served as acting Chief Judge only|
|Francisco||2132 - 2134|
|Hershey||2135 -||Incumbent. Given power by Francisco when he stepped down, with no vote to confirm her position.|
The first election took place after McGruder stepped down the first time but this was due to exceptional circumstances: the Council of Five was entirely comprised of new members. They voted among themselves for Silver as Chief Judge. It was when McGruder stepped down the second time that the first election among senior Judges was allowed.
Under Volt's reforms, every Chief Judge has needed to be confirmed by vote. If Judges are unhappy with the current leader, a formal petition can start an election for a new one.
Elections so far have seen:
Winner: Volt (208 votes)
Defeated candidate: Loblaw
Defeated candidate: Hershey
Candidates: Sinfield, Dredd
- Brit-Cit: Chief Justice Willink (2124), Chief Justice Leavy (2126)
- Ciudad Barranquilla: Judge Supremo Batista (at least 2111 to 2114), Supreme Justice/Chief Justice Santiago Sangrenegra (2127 to 2128), Chief Justice Cholo (2128 onwards)
- East Meg Two: Supreme Judge Josef Traktorfaktori (at least 2113 to 2115), Chief Judge Bushkov (2128)
- Euro-City: Chief Judge Boltstern (2126)
- Mega-City Two: Gabe Suarez (2070), Deren (2079), Kazuo-Juan Kennedy (2094), Tokugawa in the Hondo Cluster (2117)
- Midgard: Chief Judge Sven (2126)
- Murphyville: Chief Judge Maginty (at least 2113 to 2114), Chief Judge Krilly (2126), Chief Judge Stephen McGann (2137)
- Oz: Chief Judges Bob (at least 2110 to 2112), Bruce (2126), Keith (2126)
- Sino-Cit: Chief Judge Wong (2126)
- Texas City: Chief Judge Marlon Hunnicut (2070), Honus (2118), Wotan (2118-20), George (2126), Pamelina Oswin (2138)
- Uranium City: Chief Judge Rigour (2118)
- ↑ First mentioned in prog 1452, set 2127; a different looking, unnamed Judge Supremo was shown in the Megazine the same year
- ↑ First-year anniversary in Megazine 300, set in 2132
- ↑ Deren and Kennedy from IDW's Mega-City Two: City of Courts, which was deliberately written so it could be in continuity with 2000 AD