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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 1 Clarence Thomas

Clarence Thomas
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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
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.

 2 William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft
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Famous As: 27th President of the United States
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.

 3 John Roberts

John Roberts
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Famous As: Chief Justice of the United States
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

Earl Warren
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Birthdate: March 19, 1891
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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.

 5 John Marshall

John Marshall
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Famous As: Former Chief Justice
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.

 6 Carrie Lam

Carrie Lam
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Famous As: Politician
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.

 7 Warren Earl Burger

Warren Earl Burger
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Famous As: Former Chief Justice of the United States
Birthdate: September 17, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Died: June 25, 1995
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 8 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Birthdate: March 8, 1841
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 6, 1935

 9 Salmon P. Chase

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

 10 Samuel Chase

Samuel Chase
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: April 17, 1741
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Somerset County
Died: June 19, 1811

Samuel Chase was one of the founding fathers of the USA. From 1796 to 1811, he served as the Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He was also a signatory to the United States Declaration of Independence.

 11 Robert H. Jackson

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

 12 Harold Washington

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

 13 John Rutledge

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

 14 Arthur Goldberg

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

 15 Edward Douglass White

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

 16 Melville Fuller

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

 17 Morrison Waite

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

 18 Stephen Hopkins

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

 19 Richard Wagner

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

 20 Rose Bird

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

 21 Robert Reed, Baron Reed of Allermuir

Robert Reed, Baron Reed of Allermuir
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Famous As: President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: September 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Scotland

 22 William R. Day

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

 23 Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry

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

 24 M.C. Chagla

M.C. Chagla
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Famous As: Jurist
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.

 25 Sadeq Khalkhali

Sadeq Khalkhali
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Famous As: Justice
Birthdate: July 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kivi, Iran
Died: November 26, 2003

 26 Matthew Hale

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

 27 Rayner Goddard, Baron Goddard

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

 28 Peter Taylor, Baron Taylor of Gosforth

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

 29 Adetokunbo Ademola

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

 30 Philip P. Barbour

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

 31 Susan Denham

Susan Denham
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Famous As: Chief Justice
Birthdate: August 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland

 32 Smith Thompson

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

 33 Ibrahim Hamis Juma

Ibrahim Hamis Juma
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Famous As: Chief Justice, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Musoma, Tanzania

 34 Bertha Wilson

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

 35 Arthur Chaskalson

Arthur Chaskalson
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Famous As: Lawyer and jurist
Birthdate: November 24, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: December 1, 2012

 36 Lemuel Shaw

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

 37 Tapping Reeve

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

 38 Peter Shivute

Peter Shivute
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Famous As: Chief Justice, Lawyer
Birthdate: September 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Namibia

 39 Robert Stout

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

 40 James DeLancey

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

 41 Harry Gibbs

Harry Gibbs
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Famous As: Justice
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.

 42 George Shiras Jr.

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

 43 Émile Jonassaint

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

 44 Ismail Mahomed

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

 45 Antoine-Aimé Dorion

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

 46 Yang Ti-liang

Yang Ti-liang
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Famous As: Chief Justice of Hong Kong from 1988–1996
Birthdate: June 30, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

 47 Ariranga Pillay

Ariranga Pillay
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: June 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mauritius

 48 Francis Korkpor

Francis Korkpor
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Liberia

 49 Ho Jong-suk

Ho Jong-suk
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Famous As: Judge, Revolutionary
Birthdate: July 16, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Died: June 5, 1991

 50 Sheikh Anwarul Haq

Sheikh Anwarul Haq
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: May 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: India
Died: March 3, 1995
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