Summary
20090001 The Canadian Judicial Council received complaints about one of its members following media reports which highlighted the judge’s comments about the weight and relevance given to the testimony of a woman
20090002 A complainant wrote to the Canadian Judicial Council to express concern about a judge’s inappropriate tone of voice and body language, suggesting the judge came to court angry and acted unprofessionally towards her
20090003 In a family law matter, a complainant was critical of proceduralerrors and suggested that the judge erred in his decision and should be held accountable for his actions.
20090004 Another complainant in an emotionally-charged custody battle alleged that the judge was “negligent, reckless and biased” and the complainant was generally not satisfied with the judge’s comments throughout the case
20090005 A self-represented litigant wrote to the Canadian Judicial Council to raise several issues, including, in part: that she was not permitted to address the court in the language of her choice; that the judge used overly forceful and abrupt language when speaking to her; and that the judge misused the Court’s contempt powers in response to the complainant’s request to be heard in French.
20090006 Another complaint centred on the claim that a litigant was denied by a Québec judge his fundamental right as protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to a fair hearing because the judge and opposing counsel discussed procedural matters between them in French, despite the complainant’s preferred choice of English
20090007 A complainant raised a concern about the judge not releasing her decision in a timely manner
20090008 The Canadian Judicial Council receives, on occasion, complaints that judges may be in a position of conflict of interest because of a previous professional relationship with a given law firm
20090009 A complainant expressed concern about the testimony of a judge at the trial of a lawsuit he was pursuing and alleged that the judge “lied under oath.”
20090010 In a letter of complaint, an individual alleged that by not having the related documentation before him, the judge was not adequately prepared for a Case Conference and that the Case Conference consequently took longer than expected which resulted in undue stress on the complainant