Uncharted territory if knees together judge continues fight for job

Uncharted territory if knees together judge continues fight for job

CALGARY—A judge who asked a sex assault complainant why she couldn’t keep her “knees together” could be headed into uncharted territory if he continues to fight for his job.A Canadian Judicial Council committee, which held a public hearing in Calgary in September, found Robin Camp’s apology for his comments during a 2014 trial wasn’t enough and urged he be removed from the bench.The council as a whole will mull over the panel’s recommendation — and Camp’s rebuttal — when it meets in Ottawa at the end of the month.Regardless of what the council recommends, Camp’s fate will end up in the hands of federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and then Parliament.“How these things get debated in Parliament is a little bit of an unknown, because there has never been a joint address or joint declaration in Parliament regarding a judge’s removal. Judges have resigned or retired when it has gotten to that point,” said Johanna Laporte, the council’s director of communications.Article Continued Below“We don’t quite know how that would work. Presumably the House of Commons would debate and then the Senate would debate and then they would have a vote. It remains to be seen.”Laporte said several years ago an MP said he wanted a judge, whose future was set to be debated, to appear before Parliament.“That might be something they would want. That might be something the judge would request. We don’t know.”

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