TORONTO – The council probing a complaint against a senior Manitoba judge photographed in the nude has drawn scathing criticism, particularly in light of its recently failed attempt to place itself beyond judicial scrutiny.
The glaring spotlight now focused on the Canadian Judicial Council is one result of the tortuous hearing into Justice Lori Douglas, which collapsed in acrimony amid accusations of bias.
The complaint against Douglas arose after pictures her husband took of her posing provocatively were posted on the Internet without her permission.
The salaciousness of the case has partially overshadowed Douglas’s assertion that the CJC’s inquiry committee, which could recommend to the council that she be fired, has it in for her.
When she took her complaint to Federal Court, the judicial council — essentially comprising the country’s chief and associate chief Superior Court justices — argued the courts had no jurisdiction to hear the case.
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