JUDGE APOL­O­GIZES FOR FAIL­URE TO EX­PLAIN JUDG­MENTS

Calgary Herald - - CANADA -

An On­tario Su­pe­rior Court jus­tice who re­peat­edly failed to pro­vide rea­sons for her judg­ments has apol­o­gized and mended her ways, the Cana­dian Ju­di­cial Council said Thurs­day. In clos­ing its re­view of Jus­tice Su­sanne Good­man without sanc­tion­ing her, the council said the issue has been sat­is­fac­to­rily ad­dressed and a “num­ber of ac­com­mo­da­tions and re­me­dial mea­sures” had been im­ple­mented. Nova Sco­tia Chief Jus­tice Michael Mac­Don­ald, the chair­man of the council’s ju­di­cial con­duct com­mit­tee, un­der­took the re­view af­ter On­tario’s high­est court made blis­ter­ing com­ments against Good­man in a de­ci­sion in May last year. In its rul­ing, the Court of Ap­peal over­turned the ac­quit­tal of a man ac­cused of beat­ing and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a woman, and ex­pressed dis­may at Good­man’s re­peated fail­ure to pro­vide rea­sons for the ac­quit­tal.

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