Ontario Court Justice Howard Chisvin has apologized for his misconduct in dismissing a slew of cases in July 2011 over a prosecutor’s tardiness.
“I very much regret the events of that day,” said Chisvin, who added the events of that day have had a profound effect on his personal and professional life.
Chisvin admitted misconduct before the Ontario Judicial Council this morning at a hearing chaired by Justice Robert Sharpe of the Ontario Court of Appeal and heard by fellow panel members Derry Millar, Ontario Court Justice Deborah Livingstone, and community member Anish Chopra. He has been in the hot seat for dismissing “for want of prosecution at least 33 criminal charges, involving 10 accused persons that were before” him on July 21, 2011. Chisvin became impatient after a Crown prosecutor was late in returning to court for the day’s proceedings.