Jun 12, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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Canada’s longest-serving chief justice of the Supreme Court and the first woman to hold the position, Beverley McLachlin will retire from the bench December 15, 2017.
(Roy Grogan / Supreme Court of Canada)
The 73-year-old jurist was appointed by former prime minister Brian Mulroney in 1989.
She was elevated to chief justice by former prime minister Jean Chretien in 2000.
”It has been a great privilege to serve as a justice of the court, and later its chief justice, for so many years.  I have had the good fortune of working with several generations of Canada’s finest judges and best lawyers.  I have enjoyed the work and the people I have worked with enormously,” said McLachlin.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated her on her coming retirement, saying her judicial accomplishments are ”unparalleled” in Canadian history.
Federally appointed judges can sit until age 75, and McLachlin’s mandatory retirement date is September 2018.
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