Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin PC ( born September 7, 1943 in Pincher Creek, Alberta as Beverley Gietz ) is a Canadian judge and Professor of Law. It belongs since 1989 to the Supreme Court of Canada. Since 2000 she has been the chairman (English Chief Justice / French Juge en chef ) and the first woman to hold this office.


McLachlin studied at the University of Alberta first philosophy, then jurisprudence. After finishing as the best student in her class, she was in 1969 added to the Bar of the Province of Alberta as a lawyer, and two years later also in those of British Columbia. From 1974 to 1981 she was a professor at the University of British Columbia.

After six months of working as a District Judge in Vancouver McLachlin was appointed in September 1981 in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. As of December 1985, she worked at the Court of Appeal of British Columbia, in September 1988 the appointment followed the President of the Tribunal. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has named her one of nine judges of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Governor General Jeanne Sauvé was sworn in by on March 30, 1989.

Following the resignation of Antonio Lamer Prime Minister Jean Chrétien McLachlin appointed on 7 January 2000 the new chairman of the Supreme Court. As Governor General Adrienne Clarkson had to be hospitalized in July 2005 due to heart surgery, McLachlin took over three weeks the duties as the representative of the Head of State and sat among other things, the law on same-sex marriage in force.

Beverley McLachlin has a son from his first marriage. Her first husband Roderick McLachlin died 1988. Four years later she married Frank McArdle. It has 21 honorary doctorates.