Mr. Justice Geoffrey B. Morawetz  pictureMr. Justice Geoffrey B. Morawetz

Ontario Superior Court of Justice


Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz received a Bachelor of Laws from Western University in London, Ontario in 1978 and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1980. He is a Fellow of The Insolvency Institute of Canada, a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, and a member of INSOL International and The International Insolvency Institute. He is a named author of “Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law of Canada”, and is an editor of the Canadian Bankruptcy Reports. Prior to his appointment to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 2005, CJ Morawetz was consistently recognized as a top-tier practitioner of restructuring and insolvency law, in both Canadian and international publications. Since his appointment to the Court in 2005, CJ Morawetz has been based in Toronto, Ontario, hearing civil, commercial and Divisional Court matters. He served as Team Leader of the Commercial List from 2010-2013 at which time he was appointed Regional Senior Justice for the Toronto Region. On July 1, 2019, he was appointed Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

In both 2011 and 2014, he was named in Canadian Lawyer magazine as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential in the Justice System and Legal Profession in Canada”. In 2012, Chief Justice Morawetz was honoured with the Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal (Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia), and in 2016 he was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Bar Association, Insolvency Law Section.

In the area of international insolvency, CJ Morawetz has been an advisor to the Canadian Delegation at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) - Insolvency Law since 2008. He has also participated in Experts’ meetings in connection with ongoing projects of UNCITRAL in the area of insolvency law.