B.C.’s Justice Minister says comments reportedly made by a judge at a sex assault trial in Kamloops do not reflect the judiciary, but she ducked questions about whether members of the judiciary should be fired for making them.
This follows a complaint made to the Canadian Judicial Council against Justice Peter Leask who reportedly made remarks about shortening the trial in half to one week, saying there’s a shortage of judges in Vancouver and that he would prefer to sleep in his own bed.
But Justice Minister Suzanne Anton won’t say if those comments are grounds for firing a judge adding that the case is before the council.
She says the comments don’t reflect the judiciary.
“No, the answer is no to your question. We have a very fine judiciary here in British Columbia, we have a good justice system here in B.C. and people should have confidence in it.”
Anton says the comments did not affect the outcome of the case.
Leask faced controversy back in 2007 after swearing during a criminal trial.