Ottawa, December 22 2020

Canadian Judicial Council constitutes a Review Panel in the matter involving the Honourable G. Mitchell

The Canadian Judicial Council announced today the referral of a matter involving the Honourable Justice G. Mitchell to a Review Panel.  Under Council’s By-laws, a Judicial Conduct Review Panel may be established when it is determined that a complaint might be serious enough to warrant the removal of the judge.

In this instance, the Honourable Chief Justice Christopher E. Hinkson, Chairperson of the  Judicial Conduct Committee has decided to constitute a Review Panel in respect of complaints filed related to the judge’s visit to a protest camp on the grounds of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building.

The Review Panel will, in turn, determine whether a public inquiry committee should be constituted.  In accordance with the Council’s By-laws, the Review Panel will be composed of five persons of which three are members of Council, one is a puisne judge and one is a person who is neither a judge nor a member of the bar of a province.  Panel members will be appointed in the near future.

Council takes the review of complaints about a judge’s conduct seriously and treats every complaint in accordance with its Complaints Procedures.   Information about the Council and its work to foster public confidence in the judiciary can be found on the Council’s website at

Johanna Laporte
Director of Communications 
613 288-1566 ext 316

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