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Former Chief Justices of the Supreme Court

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada is not only the highest judge in Canada but also third in the Order of Precedence, coming behind the Governor General and the Prime Minister. The Chief Justice is also the Deputy Governor General, ex officio chairman of the Canadian Judicial Council, and the chair of the committee that selects winners of the Order of Canada. Below are all of the Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada since its inception in 1875.


Dates of OfficeChief Justice
October 10, 1875 - January 11, 1879The Honourable Sir William Buell Richards, Kt.
January 11, 1879 - September 25, 1892The Honourable Sir William Johnston Ritchie, Kt.
December 13, 1892 - November 18, 1902The Right Honourable Sir Samuel Henry Strong, P.C., Kt.
November 21, 1902 - May 2, 1906The Right Honourable Sir Henri Elzéar Taschereau, P.C., Kt.
June 4, 1906 - October 21, 1918The Right Honourable Sir Charles Fitzpatrick, P.C., G.C.M.G.
October 23, 1918 - May 1, 1924The Right Honourable Sir Louis Henry Davies, P.C., K.C.M.G.
September 16, 1924 - February 28, 1933The Right Honourable Francis Alexander Anglin, P.C.
March 17, 1933 - January 7, 1944The Right Honourable Sir Lyman Poore Duff, P.C., G.C.M.G.
January 8, 1944 - June 22, 1954The Right Honourable Thibaudeau Rinfret, P.C.
July 1, 1954 - February 2, 1963The Honourable Patrick Kerwin, P.C.
April 22, 1963 - September 1, 1967The Right Honourable Robert Taschereau, P.C.
September 1, 1967 - March 22, 1970The Right Honourable John Robert Cartwright, P.C., C.C., M.C.
March 23, 1970 - December 23, 1973The Right Honourable Joseph Honoré Gérald Fauteux, P.C., C.C.
December 27, 1973 - March 26, 1984The Right Honourable Bora Laskin, P.C.
April 18, 1984 - June 30, 1990The Right Honourable Robert George Brian Dickson, P.C.
July 1, 1990 - January 6, 2000The Right Honourable Antonio Lamer, P.C.
January 7, 2000 - December 15, 2017The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C.
December 16, 2017 - TBA

SOURCE: Supreme Court of Canada.

See also
Federal Judiciary System
Supreme Court of Canada
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Federal Court of Appeal
Federal Court
Tax Court of Canada

External Links
Supreme Court of Canada's Official Website

Copyright Craig I.W. Marlatt