In correspondence to the Council, the complainant alleged that the judge in a family case conference was very abrupt, did not have the courtesy of letting her approach the bench or speak with him officially, which she felt was demeaning.

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In correspondence to the Council, the complainant alleged that the judge in a family case conference was very abrupt, did not have the courtesy of letting her approach the bench or speak with him officially, which she felt was demeaning. The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) had investigated a request to evaluate the home where her son lives with his father and concluded there was no health threat for her son. However, CAS mentioned that there were issues concerning the complainant. The complainant alleges that the judge did not read the case conference notes and she was unfairly judged causing her to feel demoralized, intimidated and worthless.

The complainant was advised that judges have a general duty to listen fairly but, when necessary, to assert firm control over the proceeding and to act with appropriate firmness to maintain an atmosphere of dignity, equality and order in the courtroom, whether the parties are represented by counsel or self-represented. Though the Council recognizes the frustration of the complainant, the issues raised do not warrant additional consideration. The matter was closed.

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