The Douglas affair
2003: Lori Douglas's husband, Jack King, posts nude photos of her online without her consent.
2004: King uses the photos to attempt to entice a client, Alex Chapman, into a sexual relationship with Douglas. Chapman was King's client at the time, and threatened legal action. King settles with Chapman, who promises never to discuss the matter.
May 2005: Douglas is appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench.
July 2010: Chapman goes public with allegations he was paid $25,000 to keep quiet about Douglas's nude photos and King's proposition. He files a complaint with the Canadian Judicial Council alleging Douglas sexually harassed him.
Dec. 2010: The vice-chair of the CJC's judicial conduct committee refers the complaint to a review panel.
July 2011: The review panel of five judges recommends an inquiry is needed. Among other things, the inquiry must determine whether Douglas disclosed the photos when she applied to become a judge and whether she is fit to continue serving on the bench.
June 2012: The disciplinary panel, chaired by Alberta's chief justice Catherine Fraser, begins hearings.
July 2012: After King is questioned in a personal manner by the panel's lawyer, Douglas asks the panel to step down because a reasonable apprehension of bias exists. Independent counsel Guy Pratte also raises concerns about his role.
Aug 2012: Pratte resigns as independent counsel, raising questions about the panel's functioning. Douglas and Pratte go to Federal Court asking for a judicial review.
July 2013: The Federal Court grants a stay of proceedings and orders a hearing into the bias allegations.
Nov 2013: The CJC's first disciplinary panel resigns.
March 2014: A new disciplinary panel is appointed. After being sidetracked by a motion to force the release of Pratte's damning resignation letter, the Federal Court rules on the bias issue, saying the original panel did not display institutional bias.
April 2014: Both the CJC and Douglas appeal the Federal Court's ruling on bias, the CJC because it contends the Federal Court has no authority over CJC procedures. Jack King dies of cancer.
Nov. 24: Douglas says she's retiring.