While serving as an Alberta provincial court judge, Justice Robin Camp presided over a case that involved the alleged rape of a nineteen year old woman by a Calgary man, whom she accused of sexually assaulting her over a bathroom sink during a house party. A transcript reveals an entire trial “threaded through” with Camp’s outdated — and sometimes illegal — interpretation of Canadian sexual assault law. Camp was recorded saying many inappropriate comments including “Sex and pain sometimes go together, that — that’s not necessarily a bad thing” but most notably was Camp directly telling the alleged victim that if she did not want to be penetrated, “why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” Another prestigious Judge in London, Ontario recently acquitted a former teacher of a voyeurism charge. The teacher was charged with secretly videotaping young students but Justice Andrew Goodman said the actions may have been morally repugnant, but he was not convinced that the recordings were for a sexual purpose.
Are judges accountable in Canada? Would elected judges result in better justice?