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Lori Douglas's judicial inquiry to resume

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New dates have been set to restart the judicial inquiry looking at the conduct of Manitoba judge Lori Douglas.

The Canadian Judicial Council announced this afternoon public hearings are set to begin again Nov. 24 in Winnipeg. Two weeks have been set aside for the hearings at the moment.

Douglas has been on leave from the bench since 2010 after a former client of her now late husband, Jack King, accused her of sexual harassment. Alex Chapman alleges King sent him nude photos of his wife and wanted Chapman to have sex with her, all while King was representing Chapman in a divorce case. King’s law firm paid Chapman $25,000 to settle the complaint, made in 2003.

Douglas was appointed to the bench two years later.

Among the issues raised was whether Douglas told the committee vetting her judicial application about the incident. She has said she did.

The first hearings took place in 2012, but ended after just a few days of testimony when Douglas’s lawyers accused the panel of judges and lawyers hearing the case of bias.

Douglas is seeking a court decision to end the disciplinary process outright.

The CJC said Tuesday the public hearings are set for November despite pending cases in federal court on the matter. The dates were chosen in concert with Douglas’s lawyers and the independent counsel who will be presenting the case.

 

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