Madam Justice McLachlin became a Non-Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal in 2018.
Madam Justice McLachlin was born in Canada in 1943. She graduated with a BA and MA in Philosophy, and also an LLB from the University of Alberta. She was called to the Alberta Bar in 1969 and to the British Columbia Bar in 1971, and practised law in both places.
She was appointed to the Vancouver County Court in April 1981, and appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in September of the same year. She was elevated to the British Columbia Court of Appeal in 1985 and was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1988. In 1989 she was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. From 2000 to 2017, she served as Chief Justice of Canada.
Madam Justice McLachlin chaired the Canadian Judicial Council, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada, and the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute. She was named Companion of the Order of Canada in 2018, and is a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, as well as an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn, Lincoln’s Inn, Inner Temple and Middle Temple. She also works as an arbitrator and mediator in Canada and internationally.