JUDGE WHO ASKED SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM WHY SHE DIDN’T KEEP HER KNEES TOGETHER, RECOMMENDED FOR FIRING

The Canadian Judicial Council has recommended that Federal Court Justice Robin Camp be fired as a judge for his conduct of a rape trial.

He is just the third federally-appointed judge recommended for dismissal since the council, a body of chief and associate chief justices, was created in 1971. A judge can only be dismissed by Parliament, and the other two judges resigned first. Nineteen of 23 judges supported removal.

The ruling leaves Justice Camp with a choice of whether to fight on or resign. He has fought hard until this point. His wife and daughter were prominent attendees throughout the disciplinary hearing. He sought permission to appear in person before the full Canadian Judicial Council – its rules require only that he had a chance to make a written submission – and when the council said no, he went to Federal Court to object. But he lost at Federal Court.

As a member of the Alberta Provincial Court in 2014, Justice Camp asked a 19-year-old complainant in a sexual-assault trial why she didn’t keep her knees together. He also disparaged a female Crown attorney, and made critical remarks about the law governing sexual assault. A five-member panel set up by the judicial council had unanimously recommended his dismissal after a hearing in the fall, saying he had harmed public confidence in the justice system.

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