01/10/2018 09:01 EST | Updated 01/10/2018 11:02 EST

Judicial watchdog reviewing Calgary judge for comments to students

CALGARY — The Canadian Judicial Council is reviewing complaints about a Calgary judge who admitted to making what she called inappropriate comments to university students.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Kristine Eidsvik apologized to a class of second-year law students for the words she used last week at the University of Calgary.

CBC News reported that Eidsvik told the class she was uncomfortable walking into a room "full of big dark people.''

She reportedly said that she was used to being in an "ivory tower,'' away from "the riff-raff.''

In her apology, Eidsvik said that as soon as the words were out of her mouth she recognized they "could be construed as insensitive to racial minorities."

Spokesman Johanna Laporte says the judicial council has received two complaints that will be reviewed by a member of its conduct committee.

Eidsvik specialized as a litigation lawyer before she was appointed to the bench 10 years ago.

She made the remarks in her role as the university's judge-in-residence for the current school year.