Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Probe by Judicial Council Committee Recommends Quebec Judge Be Removed from Office

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Probe by Judicial Council Committee Recommends Quebec Judge Be Removed from Office

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Judicial probe urges Quebec judge's removal

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MONTREAL - A committee of the Canadian Judicial Council recommended in a report released Monday that Michel Girouard be removed from his position as a Quebec Superior Court justice for misconduct and failing to perform his duties in office.

The report from the council's inquiry committee was the second investigation stemming from allegations from a police informant in 2012 who said Girouard bought drugs from him in 2010, when the judge was still a lawyer.

In April 2016, the judicial council ruled Girouard could return to sit as a judge despite the council's own inquiry committee recommending he be removed from office months earlier.

The federal and provincial justice ministers jointly requested the council conduct a second inquiry into the allegations, primarily into the truthfulness of the judge's testimony under oath and his integrity. …

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