It’s hard to get precise numbers on how much the Canadian Judicial Council proceedings against Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Associate Chief Justice Lori Douglas cost, but numbers from the body itself as well as the Commissioner For Federal Judicial Affairs given some detail on expenses for the hearings as well as the lawyers involved.
“Roughly, we are estimating that to date, there’s been approximately $3 million spent on the inquiry,” says Johanna Laporte, director of communications and registry services for the judicial council.
That estimate includes the commission’s own costs for the hearings but not the expenses for the various outside lawyers involved in the proceedings, Laporte notes. Those numbers appear on the public accounts for the judicial affairs commissioner, according to Laporte. She says billings on that list represent the fees charged by the various lawyers involved, including Sheila Block and Suzanne Côté (now a Supreme Court of Canada justice).