06/13/2014 03:55 EDT | Updated 08/13/2014 05:59 EDT

Alberta Judge Paul Sully Charged With Impaired Driving

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EDMONTON - An Alberta provincial court judge has been charged with impaired driving.

Paul Sully, 75, retired in April but was appointed as a part-time judge to a term that expires in 2016.

Edmonton police say they pulled a driver over Thursday night during a routine checkstop.

Sully faces charges of impaired driving and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit.

"Judge Sully will not be presiding as a judge of the provincial court pending the outcome of these outstanding charges," Terrence Matchett, chief judge of the provincial court said Friday in an email.

As a supernumerary or part-time judge, Sully is only paid on the days when he is called in to work.

Matchett declined further comment as the case is before the courts.

Greg Lepp, head of the Alberta Justice department's prosecution service, said a prosecutor from the Saskatchewan Crown will handle the case.

"Judges, prosecutors, defence lawyers — they are all human and they do things that other people do," Lepp said.

"It is a matter of concern when a judge is charged with an offence, but it is very important for the public to keep in mind that like any person charged with an offence, he is innocent until proven guilty."

Sully was named a provincial court judge in 1998.

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