Globe and Mail

Judge who lobbied official cleared of misconduct

Wednesday, May 15, 2002 – Print Edition, Page A6
The Globe and Mail

St. Catharines, Ont. -- The Ontario Judicial Council has cleared a judge of professional misconduct for lobbying the provincial government to fight domestic abuse.

At question was whether Madam Justice Lesley Baldwin put judicial independence in disrepute when she wrote a letter, on court letterhead, to then-attorney-general Jim Flaherty in July of 2000, requesting the government take more action against domestic assault cases.

A "reasonable, fair-minded, informed member of the public" would not view her letter as "seriously contrary to the impartiality, integrity and independence of the judiciary," the council concluded in its decision released yesterday.

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