Federal Court Justice Robin Camp should be removed from bench, inquiry recommends

Robin Camp, the judge who asked a woman during an Alberta rape trial why she couldn’t just keep her knees together, should be removed from the bench, according to a unanimous recommendation from the Canadian Judicial Council’s committee of inquiry.

The committee “found that Justice Camp committed misconduct while presiding over the trial,” the council said in a release issued Wednesday morning.

The council will now consider the committee’s report, after giving Camp an opportunity to make written submissions, and then decide on a formal recommendation to make to the federal justice minister.

Previously, only two judges have been recommended for removal by the Canadian Judicial Council since the review body was created in 1971.

In both those cases, the judges resigned before the recommendations made it to Parliament, which ultimately decides whether or not to dismiss a Canadian judge.

Camp was a provincial court judge at the time of the rape trial in Alberta but was later promoted to the Federal Court.

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