Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverley McLachlin announced today that she will retire effective Dec. 15.
McLachlin, who was selected as a “Top 25 Most Influential Lawyer” by Canadian Lawyer multiple times (most recently in 2015), is widely respected in the legal profession for her leadership on the court as well as her outspokenness on issues such as access to justice, free speech, diversity and inclusive leadership.
McLachlin’s judicial career began in April 1981 when she was appointed to the Vancouver County Court. In September 1981, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In December 1985, she was elevated to the Court of Appeal for British Columbia where she served until her appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in September 1988. Seven months later, on April 17, 1989, she was sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of Canada.