08/28/2015 14:54 EDT | Updated 08/28/2016 01:12 EDT

Courts rejects suspended head of Quebec bar's bid for immediate reinstatement

QUEBEC — The suspended head of the Quebec Bar Association won't be able to resume her role until the case against her is heard by a judge.

A judgment issued today by a Quebec Superior Court justice rejected an application by Lu Chan Khuong to be reinstated immediately to the head of the professional order.

Justice Michel Beaupre accepted a request, however, to force a bar-appointed committee examining her case to suspend their work.

Khuong was suspended July 1 after it was revealed she had been the subject of a shoplifting complaint in April 2014 at a clothing store in Laval, Que., just north of Montreal.

The bar's lawyer says there is evidence linking Khuong to a second alleged offence at a Quebec City store.

She was never charged for the first alleged shoplifting incident and the matter was dealt with non-judicially at the time.

Khuong is fighting her suspension in court and seeking $95,000 in damages from nine board members who suspended her.

Those members in turn filed a $90,000 lawsuit against Khuong for allegedly damaging their reputation.

The Canadian Press

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