Ottawa, March 31 2017

Inquiry Committee designated in the matter involving the Honourable Frank Newbould

Ottawa, 31 March 2017 – The Canadian Judicial Council announced today the members of the Inquiry Committee established to review the conduct of Justice Frank Newbould. This follows a decision of a Review Panel of 5 members, including one layperson, who concluded that the judge’s conduct in relation to a family cottage near Sauble Beach, in proximity to the Saugeen First Nation, “might be seen to have placed him in a position incompatible with the due execution of his office.”

The Inquiry Committee is comprised of the following members: the Honourable Richard J Chartier, Chief Justice of Manitoba (Chair), the Honourable Martel D. Popescul, Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan, and Ms Clo Ostrove, partner with Mandell Pinder LLP.

The Committee will announce further details relating to this matter in the coming weeks.

The Council takes all complaints about a judge’s conduct seriously and administers its complaint process consistently and in a way that is fair to both the complainant and to the judge who is the subject of a complaint. Information about the Council and its mandate, including its work in conducting public inquiries into a judge’s conduct, can be found on Council’s website at

Norman Sabourin
Executive Director and Senior General Counsel
(613) 288-1566 ext 313