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Thibaudeau Rinfret

The Right Honourable
Thibaudeau Rinfret
9th Chief Justice of Canada
In office
January 8, 1944 – June 22, 1954
Nominated by William Lyon Mackenzie King
Preceded by Lyman Poore Duff
Succeeded by Patrick Kerwin
25th Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
In office
October 1, 1924 – January 8, 1944
Nominated by William Lyon Mackenzie King
Preceded by Arthur Malouin
Succeeded by Roy Kellock
Personal details
Born (1879-06-22)June 22, 1879
Montreal, Quebec
Died July 25, 1962(1962-07-25) (aged 83)
Nationality Canadian
Relations Fernand Rinfret, brother
Charles Rinfret, brother
Alma mater Université Laval à Montréal, Faculté de droit and McGill University
Occupation Lawyer, jurist

Thibaudeau Rinfret, PC (June 22, 1879 – July 25, 1962) was a Canadian jurist and the ninth Chief Justice of Canada and acting Governor General of Canada in 1952.

Personal life

Rinfret was born in Montreal in 1879, the son of François-Olivier Rinfret and Albina Pominville. He was the brother of Fernand Rinfret, Liberal politician who became Mayor of Montreal, and brother of Charles Rinfret, a prominent Montreal businessman.

In May 1933, his brother Charles died in an apparent suicide by jumping off a bridge in front of a passing train.[1]

Professional career

Rinfret studied law at the Université Laval à Montréal, Faculté de droit and McGill University and was called to the Bar of Quebec in 1901. He was appointed to the Quebec Superior Court in 1922 and to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1924.

Rinfret became Chief Justice on January 8, 1944, and served until his retirement on June 22, 1954. During his term as Chief Justice, Canada ended appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council making the Supreme Court of Canada the final court of appeal in Canadian jurisprudence.


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