Judge who visited protest teepee faces judicial review

A judge who visited a Metis man at his protest camp on Saskatchewan’s legislature grounds is facing a review by his fellow judges.

The Canadian Judicial Council says a panel will look into the actions of Justice Graeme Mitchell, who heard arguments in the case of Tristen Durocher in September.

Durocher had put up a teepee and was fasting for 44 days following a 635-kilometre march to bring attention to high rates of suicide among Indigenous people.

The provincial government tried to get the courts to force Durocher off, but Mitchell dismissed the application.

After his initial ruling, Mitchell visited Durocher in his teepee.

The judicial council says the review panel may dismiss the complaint or may refer to it an inquiry, which could result in Mitchell’s removal from the bench.

The council does not say who laid the complaint against Mitchell.

(Canadian Press)

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