The Justices of the Peace Review Council will hold a formal hearing into a complaint about the conduct of Justice of the Peace Adele Romagnoli of the Ontario Court of Justice.
Pursuant to section 11.1(1) of the Justices of the Peace Act, the Honourable Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve, Chair of the Review Council, has established a Hearing Panel of members of the Council consisting of a judge who shall chair the panel, a justice of the peace, and a community member.
A pre-hearing conference took place on May 11, 2017.
On Monday, July 10, 2017, dates were set for the hearing. The hearing is scheduled to commence at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Neeson Court Reporting, 77 King St. West, TD North Tower, Suite 2020, Toronto, Ontario. Additional dates have been scheduled for March 20-23, March 26-29, and April 3-6, 2018.
The Hearing Panel will consider whether the conduct summarized below constituted judicial misconduct:
Her Worship failed to know and maintain competence in the law, imposed a sentence not permitted by law, and continued to misapply or refused to follow the law even after a higher court made clear the correct application of the law. She failed to dispose of cases promptly. Her Worship demonstrated bias, or a reasonable apprehension of bias, against the prosecution and police, by socializing with defence paralegals in the court houses during recesses, treating prosecutors differently from defence paralegals in the courtroom and denying natural justice and procedural fairness to prosecutors.
Pursuant to section 11.1 of the Act, the Hearing Panel may dismiss the complaint, with or without a finding that it is unfounded, or if it upholds the complaint, it may decide upon any of the following sanctions singly or in combination:
- warn the justice of the peace;
- reprimand the justice of the peace;
- order the justice of the peace to apologize to the complainant or to any other person;
- order the justice of the peace to take specified measures such as receiving education or treatment, as a condition of continuing to sit as a justice of the peace;
- suspend the justice of the peace with pay, for any period; or,
- suspend the justice of the peace without pay, but with benefits, for a period up to thirty days.
The Council may also make a recommendation to the Attorney General that the justice of the peace be removed from office. This sanction cannot be combined with any other sanction. Under section 11.2(1) of the Act, a justice of the peace may be removed from office only by order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
Presenting Counsel is Mr. Owen Rees, Conway Baxter Wilson LLP, Telephone: 613-780-2026.
For general information, contact: Ms. Marilyn E. King, Registrar, telephone 416-327-5672.