How to Address the Chief Justice of a State

How to Address the Chief Justice of a State Supreme Court

Most states call their highest court the Supreme Court  but not all do. For example, Maryland and New York call their highest court the Court of Appeals.  Check for specifics.

—-Envelope, official or address block on an email:
—-—-Chief Justice (Full Name)
—-—-The Supreme Court of (state) *

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Chief Justice (Surname):

——–Chief Justice (Surname)
—-Chief Justice

These forms of address mirror the forms of the Chief Justice of the United States. The only difference is that the name of the chief justice is used with state chief justices.    How to Address the Chief Justice of a State


Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.
___What I don’t cover on this site are many things I do cover in my book: all the rules of forms of address, about names, international titles, precedence, complimentary closes, details on invitations, place cards, all sorts of introductions, etc. I hope you’ll get a copy of the book if you’d like the further detail.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 


Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”