Ottawa, June 12 2023

Canadian Judicial Council provides an update in the matter involving Justice Russell Brown

The Canadian Judicial Council was informed today of Justice Russell Brown’s decision to retire as a judge of the Supreme Court of Canada, effective immediately.

The Council announced on March 7, 2023, that it was reviewing a complaint into the alleged conduct of Justice Brown, stemming from events which took place while he attended a banquet in Arizona on January 28, 2023. That complaint was referred to the Chairperson of the Council’s Judicial Conduct Committee, and on March 30, the Council announced that the matter had been referred to a Judicial Conduct Review Panel, in accordance with the Council’s By-laws.

As per the Judges Act, the Canadian Judicial Council has the duty to investigate complaints made against federally appointed judges. Since Justice Brown is now no longer a judge, the Council’s jurisdiction over the complaint against him has ended under the Act. As such, proceedings before the Council that involve Justice Brown have come to an end.




Johanna Laporte

Director of Communications








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