A hearing is set to begin to determine if Justice Robin Camp should be removed from the bench over comments he made to a sexual assault complainant in 2014. (Photo: Andrew Balfour)Camp acquitted a man of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old girl after deciding that the man's version of events was more credible.
Camp is expected to be at the hearing. He has indicated he wants to continue serving as a judge and that he plans to apologize. "He believes he can make a positive contribution as a member of the Canadian judiciary. He will strive to keep improving and to keep learning," said a notice of response outlining Camp's position that was posted on the council's website. It also said he has undergone training and counselling with a superior court judge, a psychologist and an expert in sexual assault law.
"He believes he can make a positive contribution as a member of the Canadian judiciary."
Judicial 'privilege' violated: advocateThe committee that will weigh the allegations against Camp is made up of three judges, who are council members, and two senior lawyers. It's alleged Camp made comments that "reflected an antipathy" toward laws meant to protect vulnerable witnesses, engaged in “stereotypical or biased thinking” and asked the complainant questions that relied on “discredited, stereotypical assumptions” of how one should behave following a sexual assault. Danielle Aubry, executive director of Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse, doesn't think Camp should remain as a judge even if he is sorry for his actions. "When you become a judge, that's a privilege. It's a very high position. It's incredulous to me that there are people who are sitting on the bench that are not educating themselves about issues like sexual violence and domestic violence," said Aubry. "People on the bench really need to start looking at the fact that they need to be accountable." Seven days have been set aside for the hearing. The committee will then make a recommendation to the full Canadian Judicial Council. "Ultimately the council's responsibility is to make a recommendation to the minister of justice," said Laporte. "It's for the minister of justice to table ... any recommendation for removal if that were to be the case." The Federal Court has ordered Camp to no longer hear cases until further notice. — Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
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