The Canadian Judicial Council’s probe into Superior Court Justice George Patrick Smith has ended with a CJC review panel finding he contravened the Judges Act but that he acted in good faith and had a genuine desire to help Lakehead University by serving as interim law dean.
The panel referred the case to senior associate chief justice Robert Pidgeon, who agreed with the panel. Though the conduct review panel found Smith violated s. 55 of the Judges Act by bringing his judicial position into an area of public debate and controversy, he will not be removed from the bench.
Smith, a supernumerary judge from Thunder Bay, was given leave to take up an interim role as dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University, after the former dean resigned and accused the school of systemic racism. Indigenous leaders criticized the school for appointing the non-Indigenous Smith, who resigned as the CJC initiated a review.