Gérald Fauteux

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Gerald Fauteux

13th Chief Justice of Canada
In office
March 23, 1970 – December 23, 1973
Nominated byPierre Trudeau
Appointed byRoland Michener
Preceded byJohn Robert Cartwright
Succeeded byBora Laskin
Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
In office
December 22, 1949 – March 23, 1970
Nominated byLouis St. Laurent
Preceded byNone (new position)
Succeeded byBora Laskin
Chancellor of the University of Ottawa
In office
Preceded byPauline Vanier
Succeeded byGabrielle Léger
Personal details
Born(1900-10-22)October 22, 1900
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
DiedSeptember 14, 1980(1980-09-14) (aged 79)
Alma materUniversité de Montréal

Joseph Honoré Gérald Fauteux, PC CC (October 22, 1900 – September 14, 1980) was the 13th Chief Justice of Canada from 1970 to 1973.

Born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, the son of Homère Fauteux and Héva Mercier, he studied at the Université de Montréal and graduated with an LL.L in 1925. Called to the bar that year, he settled in Montreal, where he practised with his grandfather, Honoré Mercier Jr., forming the law firm of Mercier & Fauteux. From 1930 to 1936, he was Crown Prosecutor for Montreal, and in 1939 he became Chief Crown Prosecutor of the province of Quebec.[citation needed]

In 1946 he was a legal adviser with the Royal Commission on Spying Activities in Canada. He taught criminal law as a sessional lecturer at McGill University for 14 years and was the dean of the Faculty of Law from 1949 to 1950. In 1947 he was appointed to the Quebec Superior Court and to the Supreme Court of Canada on December 22, 1949. He was also one of the founders of the University of Ottawa's law faculty, serving as dean from 1953 to 1962. He was appointed the Chancellor of the University of Ottawa in 1973. On March 23, 1970, he was named Chief Justice of Canada, retiring on December 23, 1973, having served for 24 years on the court, four as Chief Justice. In 1974 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. Fauteux Hall which houses the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa is named after him.[citation needed]

Chief Justice Fauteux died on September 14, 1980, at the age of 79 and was interred in the Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery in Montreal.[citation needed]

His brother was the politician Gaspard Fauteux.[citation needed]

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