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from 1875 to the present

Chief Justices of Canada

Jean Chevrier, D. L. Daigneault & Gerald G. Gummersell, Editors

ISBN 978-1-987832-21-1
(taxes included)

The Governor General, the Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of Canada form a triumvirate that oversees the country’s direction.
Created in 1875, the Supreme Court of Canada became the court of last resort and the final arbiter of legal disputes when the government abolished the appeals to the Privy Council in London in 1949.
Since then the Supreme Court of Canada has shaped the country’s political, social and economic landscape, especially with the advent of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982. 
Eighteen Chief Justices have presided over the court, seventeen men and one woman. This volume on the Chief Justices examines their lives and career paths, the challenges they faced, and some of the historic decisions rendered on major public issues.
Written by some of the best legal scholars in the country, these biographies of the Chief Justices of Canada are part of a special series of books on Canadian leaders published in English and French by New Federation House.

Chapters and authors:

The Chief Justices

The Authors

Sir William Buell Richards

Lawrence Martin, Journalist, The Globe & Mail

Sir William Johnstone Ritchie

E. Bruce Mellett, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP

Sir Samuel Henry Strong

Jamie Benedickson, Law Professor, University of Ottawa

Sir Henri-Elzéar Taschereau

Guy Lefebvre, Dean, Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal

Sir Charles Fitzpatrick

Adam Dodek, Vice-Dean of Common Law, University of Ottawa

Sir Louis Henry Davies

Justice James C. Macpherson, Ontario Court of Appeal

Francis Alexander Anglin

John J. L. Hunter, Q.C., Hunter Litigation Chambers

Sir Lyman Poore Duff

Lorne Sossin, Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Thibaudeau Rinfret

Sylvio Normand, Law Professor, Université Laval

Patrick Kerwin

Carissima Mathen, Professor of Common Law, University of Ottawa

Robert Taschereau

Michel Morin, Law Professor, Université de Montréal

John Robert Cartwright

Peter H. Russell, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

Joseph Honoré Gérald Fauteux

Sébastien Grammond, Former Dean of Civil Law, University of Ottawa

Bora Laskin

Philip Girard, Law Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Robert George Brian Dickson

Justice Robert Sharpe, Ontario Court of Appeal

Antonio Lamer

Susan Harada, Journalism Professor, Carleton University

Beverley McLachlin

Eugene Meehan, Q.C., Supreme Advocacy LLP

Richard Wagner Sean Fine, Justice writer at The Globe and Mail



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