Ottawa, February 25 2011

Canadian Judicial Council to review complaints received against Justice Robert Dewar

The Canadian Judicial Council indicated today that it is reviewing complaints received against Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench Justice Robert Dewar in regard to comments he made in recent days. There have been numerous media reports and public reaction to these comments.

Council takes the review of all complaints seriously. The complaints against Justice Dewar will be reviewed in accordance with the Council's complaints procedures. Overall, 80% of complaints are completed by the Council within 3 months, and 95% within 6 months.

As part of its mandate, the Canadian Judicial Council works to foster ongoing public confidence in the judiciary. Information about the Council, including it's Complaints Procedures, can be found on the Council’s website at

Norman Sabourin, Executive Director and Senior General Counsel
(613) 288-1566

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