Beverley McLachlin, former chief justice of Canada, is writing a memoir

Beverley McLachlin became the first woman to become Canada's Chief Justice in January 2000. Her forthcoming memoir will be called Truth Be Told.
Beverley McLachlin, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, will publish her second book in Sept. of 2019. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Beverley McLachlin, former chief justice of Canada, is publishing her second book, a memoir titled Truth Be Told, due out in Sept. 24, 2019.

Her publisher Simon & Schuster says the book will offer an "intimate and revealing look" at McLachlin's life, while also delving into contemporary legal and social concerns.

McLachlin became the first woman to hold the office of Canada's chief justice in January of 2000. Throughout her 17 years as chief justice and 28 years on the Supreme Court, McLachlin helped shape Canadian law and governance, including legislation on sex work and mandatory minimum prison sentences.

In her exit interview with Michael Enright in 2017, McLachlin expressed that the Canadian justice system still has room to improve.

"I think we can do better and I hope we will in the future," she said.

Truth Be Told will be McLachlin's first book of nonfiction after publishing the legal thriller Full Disclosure. Full Disclosure traces a high-profile murder trial in British Columbia through the eyes of a defence attorney named Jilly Truit.


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