The complainant, a lawyer in this case, alleged that the comments made by the judge were “extreme” after the judge became aware that the complainant had only served his documents to the opposing party, but had neglected to serve the documents to the opposing party’s lawyer.

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The complainant, a lawyer in this case, alleged that the comments made by the judge were “extreme” after the judge became aware that the complainant had only served his documents to the opposing party, but had neglected to serve the documents to the opposing party’s lawyer. The complainant alleges that the judge became visibly angry and stated that he was so angry that he thought he should stand down, while physically shaking and staring at the complainant.

A careful review of the audio recording of the proceedings did not disclose any improper conduct on the part of the judge with regards to his interventions during the hearing. While it appears that he was severe, his comments were not extreme, as alleged. The judge commented on the matter stating that the reason why the client’s materials were not before the court was due to the complainant’s decision not to deliver his client’s application to the opposing party’s lawyer. The Council was satisfied with the judge’s response, and the matter was closed.

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