An Inquiry Committee of the Canadian Judicial Council recommends the removal of Justice Camp

Ottawa, 30 November 2016 –The Inquiry Committee reviewing the conduct of Justice Robin Camp has presented its report to the Canadian Judicial Council. An Overview of the Report is also available on the Council’s website.

The Inquiry Committee found that Justice Camp committed misconduct while presiding over the trial in R. v. Wagar and placed himself, by his conduct, in a position incompatible with the due execution of the office of judge within the meaning of paragraphs 65(2)(b) and (d) of the Judges Act.

The Inquiry Committee found that during the Wagar trial Justice Camp made comments and asked questions evidencing an antipathy towards laws designed to protect vulnerable witnesses, promote equality, and bring integrity to sexual assault trials. The Inquiry Committee also found that Justice Camp relied on discredited myths and stereotypes about women and victim-blaming during the trial and in his reasons for judgment.

The Inquiry Committee has expressed the unanimous view that a recommendation by the Council for Justice Camp’s removal is warranted.

Council will now consider the Inquiry Committee’s report, after giving Justice Camp an opportunity to make written submissions.

After considering all the issues, Council will decide on a recommendation to make to the Minister of Justice of Canada in this matter.

Information about the Council, including the process for public inquiries, can be found on the Council’s website at www.cjc-ccm.gc.ca.


Contact:
Norman Sabourin
Executive Director and Senior General Counsel
(613) 288-1566 ext 313