A rare hearing to decide the future of a federal judge begins today in Calgary.
Justice Robin Camp got into trouble for asking a sexual assault complainant in 2014 why she couldn’t keep her knees together.
Now the Canadian Judicial Council will decide whether Camp should lose his job for the comment he made as a provincial court judge in Calgary.
Court transcripts show he also questioned the woman’s morals, suggested that her attempts to fight off her attacker were feeble and described her as “the accused” throughout the trial.
Camp acquitted the man of sexual assault, but the verdict was overturned on appeal and a new trial was ordered.
There have only been 11 since the council was created in 1971
The judge has indicated he wants to remain on the bench and will issue an apology.
“I think we will hear from the judge. I’m not quite sure when that might be,” said Johanna Laporte, the judicial council’s communications director. “I believe the judge intends to call one or two witnesses. I believe he’s been working with an expert in gender sensitivity and someone else and they may be called as witnesses.”
Danielle Aubry, Executive Director of Calgary Communities Against Sexual Assault was shocked by the case.
“When you become a judge or justice, that’s a privilege. It’s a very high position and its incredulous to me that there are people that are sitting on the bench that are not educating themselves about issues like sexual violence, domestic violence, that type of thing.”
The review committee will make recommendations to the full judicial council. If it decides Camp should be removed from the bench, the final decision lies with the federal justice minister.