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OJC ISSUES ANNUAL REPORT

The Ontario Judicial Council recently issued its 12th annual report, outlining the results of 32 complaints it fielded from April 1, 2006, to March 31, 2007. The report also offers the council’s findings on 21 complaint files carried over from previous years.

According to a letter from OJC registrar Marilyn King, of the 53 complaints the council handled over the term, 30 were closed before March 31, 2007, leaving the council with 23 complaints to deal with in its 13th year.

King said 28 of the 30 complaint files the council handled over year 12 were closed - three because they were outside the council’s jurisdiction, and 25 after it was ruled they were unfounded. One file the council dealt with over the recent term was referred to former chief justice of the Ontario Court of Justice Brian Lennox to speak with the judge in question, said King.

One other file, involving a complaint against Justice Marvin Morten, was closed following a public hearing in which the panel dismissed the complaint, she said.

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