Chief Justices

The chief justice is the presiding justice of the supreme court of a country. Over the course of history, several distinguished judges have presided over the supreme courts of various countries. Here is a compilation of the most famous supreme court judges from all over the world.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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Clarence Thomas
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Clarence Thomas
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Birthdate: June 23, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montgomery, Georgia, United States

The second African-American justice to serve on the Supreme Court of America, the appointment of Clarence Thomas in 1991 was controversial. He was accused of sexual harassment by lawyer Anita Hill in public hearings, but was eventually cleared. He is on the conservative side of the court and has been criticised by liberals for opposing issues like gay marriage.

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William Howard Taft
(27th President of the United States)

William Howard Taft
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Birthdate: September 15, 1857
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: March 8, 1930

The 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft also served as the tenth Chief Justice of the US; he is the only person in the history of the US to have held both the offices. He had a great impact as chief justice and has been regarded as the greatest US chief justices of all time.

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John Roberts
(17th Chief Justice of the United States)

John Roberts
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Birthdate: January 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

The current chief White House correspondent for the Fox News Channel, John Roberts has, in his journalistic career, worked for various television and radio channels before joining CTV, CBS News and CNN. The notable works of the veteran award winning journalist and Canadian Broadcast Hall of Famer include coverage of Presidential debates, Hurricane Irene, Iraq invasion and the Israel war.

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 4 
Earl Warren
(30th Governor of California (1943-53), 14th Chief Justice of the United States (1953-69))

Earl Warren
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Birthdate: March 19, 1891
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 9, 1974
Earl Warren served as the chief justice of the U.S. from 1953 to 1969. He was also the California governor from 1943 to 1953. The "Warren Court" revolutionized the American justice system by making landmark judgments, such as making school segregation unconstitutional in the Brown v. Board of Education case.

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John Jay
(1st Chief Justice of the United States (1789 - 1795))

John Jay
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Birthdate: December 12, 1745
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 17, 1829

One of the Founding Fathers of the United States who signed the famous Paris Treaty, John Jay was best known as the first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, although he occupied various other important public positions. He was a diplomat, who shaped his country’s foreign policy. He passed legislation to gradually abolish slavery, but he himself owned five enslaved people.

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John Marshall
(Former Chief Justice)

John Marshall
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Birthdate: September 24, 1755
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Germantown
Died: July 6, 1835

John Marshall was an American lawyer and politician. From 1801 to 1835, Marshall worked as the fourth Chief Justice of the US. He remains the longest-serving chief justice in Supreme Court history and is considered one of the most influential Supreme Court justices of all time. In 2005, a commemorative dollar was minted in his honor.

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Carrie Lam
(Politician)

Carrie Lam
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Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wan Chai, Hong Kong, England

Carrie Lam is a Hong Kong politician who has been serving as the Chief Executive of Hong Kong since 2017. From 2007 to 2012, she served as the Secretary for Development. From 2012 to 2017, Lam was the Chief Secretary for Administration. A controversial leader, Carrie Lam's administration witnessed the criminalization of the Hong Kong National Party.

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Warren Earl Burger
(Former Chief Justice of the United States)

Warren Earl Burger
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Birthdate: September 17, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Died: June 25, 1995

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Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
(Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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Birthdate: March 8, 1841
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 6, 1935

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Salmon P. Chase
(Sixth Chief Justice of the United States)

Salmon P. Chase
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Birthdate: January 13, 1808
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: sixth Chief Justice of the United States
Died: May 7, 1873

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Robert H. Jackson
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Birthdate: February 13, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spring Creek Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania
Died: October 9, 1954

 12 
Harold Washington
(Politician, Lawyer)

Harold Washington
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Birthdate: April 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: 1987 AD

 13 
John Rutledge
(Chief Justice)

John Rutledge
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Birthdate: September 17, 1739
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: July 23, 1800

 14 
Arthur Goldberg
(Politician)

Arthur Goldberg
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Birthdate: 1908 AD
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 19, 1990

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Edward Douglass White
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Birthdate: November 3, 1845
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 19, 1921

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Melville Fuller
(Chief Justice)

Melville Fuller
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Birthdate: February 11, 1833
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Augusta, Maine, United States
Died: July 4, 1910

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Richard Wagner
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Birthdate: April 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Robert Reed, Baron Reed of Allermuir
(President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom)

Robert Reed, Baron Reed of Allermuir
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Birthdate: September 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Scotland

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Morrison Waite
(Chief Justice)

Morrison Waite
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Birthdate: November 29, 1816
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lyme, Connecticut, United States
Died: March 23, 1888

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Stephen Hopkins
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Birthdate: March 7, 1707
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: July 13, 1785

 21 
Robert French
(12th Chief Justice of Australia)

Robert French
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Birthdate: March 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Robert French is a prominent Australian lawyer and judge. He served as the twelfth Chief Justice of Australia from 2008 to 2017. He was appointed to the Federal Court in 1986 and was soon elevated to the High Court. After stepping down as the Chief Justice, he was appointed as the chancellor of the University of Western Australia. 

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Rose Bird
(Chief Justice)

Rose Bird
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Birthdate: November 2, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States
Died: December 4, 1999

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William R. Day
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Birthdate: April 17, 1849
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ravenna, Ohio, United States
Died: July 9, 1923

 24 
Matthew Hale
(Barrister)

Matthew Hale
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Birthdate: November 1, 1609
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alderley, England
Died: December 25, 1676

Peter Taylor, Baron Taylor of Gosforth
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Birthdate: May 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Died: April 28, 1997

Rayner Goddard, Baron Goddard
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Birthdate: April 10, 1877
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 29, 1971

 27 
Anthony Mason
(9th Chief Justice of Australia)

Anthony Mason
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Birthdate: April 21, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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Gerard Brennan
(10th Chief Justice of Australia)

Gerard Brennan
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Birthdate: May 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry
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Birthdate: December 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Quetta, Pakistan

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Ibrahim Hamis Juma
(Chief Justice, Lawyer)

Ibrahim Hamis Juma
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Birthdate: June 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Musoma, Tanzania

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James Spigelman
(16th Chief Justice of New South Wales)

James Spigelman
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Birthdate: January 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sosnowiec, Poland

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M.C. Chagla
(Jurist)

M.C. Chagla
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Birthdate: September 30, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: February 9, 1981

Born into an affluent family, M.C. Chagla received an elite education at Oxford. He began his legal career with the Bombay High Court. He had also been part of the Muslim League and had worked under the aegis of Mohammed Ali Jinnah. He had been a minister of education and external affairs, too.

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Adetokunbo Ademola
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Birthdate: February 1, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died: January 29, 1993

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Philip P. Barbour
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Birthdate: May 25, 1783
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gordonsville, Virginia, United States
Died: February 25, 1841

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Susan Denham
(Chief Justice)

Susan Denham
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Birthdate: August 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland

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Smith Thompson
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Birthdate: January 17, 1768
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amenia, New York, United States
Died: December 18, 1843

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Bertha Wilson
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Birthdate: September 18, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Died: April 28, 2007

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Arthur Chaskalson
(Lawyer and jurist)

Arthur Chaskalson
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Birthdate: November 24, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: December 1, 2012

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Lemuel Shaw
(Jurist)

Lemuel Shaw
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Birthdate: January 9, 1781
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: West Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 30, 1861

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Tapping Reeve
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Birthdate: October 1, 1744
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brookhaven, New York, United States
Died: December 13, 1823

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Peter Shivute
(Chief Justice, Lawyer)

Peter Shivute
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Birthdate: September 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Namibia

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George Shiras Jr.
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Birthdate: January 26, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 2, 1924

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Émile Jonassaint
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Birthdate: May 20, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Died: October 24, 1995

 44 
Robert Stout
(Prime minister)

Robert Stout
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Birthdate: September 28, 1844
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland
Died: July 19, 1930

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James DeLancey
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Birthdate: November 27, 1703
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 30, 1760

 46 
Richard Banda
(First Gentleman of Malawi (7 April 2012 – 31 May 2014))

Richard Banda
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kawambwa, Zambia

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Benjamin Cruz
(Auditor of Guam)

Benjamin Cruz
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Birthdate: March 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guam, United States

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Harry Gibbs
(Justice)

Harry Gibbs
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Birthdate: February 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: June 25, 2005

Harry Gibbs was an Australian judge who served as the Chief Justice of the Australian High Court from 1981 to 1987. Regarded as one of the most influential federalist judges of Australia, Gibbs played an important role in many cases including the famous Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen. In 2012, the Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre was opened in his honor.

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Ismail Mahomed
(Judge, Lawyer)

Ismail Mahomed
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Birthdate: July 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
Died: June 17, 2000

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Antoine-Aimé Dorion
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Birthdate: January 17, 1818
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade, Canada
Died: May 31, 1891
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