UBC Okanagan Distinguished Speaker Series -- Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin


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Supreme Court of Canada

Access to Justice

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 27
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

For the justice system to serve Canadians it must be accessible. At present, barriers exist which make it difficult for many Canadians to access the justice system. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin will discuss some of these barriers, which include cost, complex court procedures, and delays.

She will also discuss steps being taken by various actors in the justice system, including government, the judiciary, lawyers and legal aid plans, to improve access to justice. 

About The Rt. Honourable Madam Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, P.C.

Beverley McLachlin was born and raised in Southern Alberta, Canada. She attended the University of Alberta at Edmonton, where she earned a B.A. (Hon.) and M.A. in Philosophy (1964) and a Bachelor of Laws degree (1968).

Chief Justice McLachlin articled in Edmonton and practiced law in Edmonton, Fort St. John and Vancouver from 1968 to 1971. She taught at the Faculty of Law of the University of British Columbia from 1975 to 1981.

In 1981 Chief Justice McLachlin was appointed to the County Court of Vancouver. She was elevated to the Supreme Court of British Columbia later that year and to the Court of Appeal of British Columbia in 1986. In 1988 she became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, where she served until her appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1989. On January 7, 2000, she became Chief Justice of Canada.

Chief Justice McLachlin has authored numerous publications. Her hobbies include music, cooking, gardening and walking with her Labrador Retriever. Her first husband, Roderick A. McLachlin passed away in 1988. In 1992 she married Frank McArdle. She has one son, Angus, by her first marriage.

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