Why Judicial Independence Must Include Diversity

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In a few weeks, the Canadian Judicial Council will release its decision in the inquiry into the behaviour of Justice Robin Camp, who asked the alleged victim in a sexual assault case why she couldn't "keep your legs together."

But Camp is not the only Alberta judge to have their decisions and behaviour in sexual assault trials questioned. Three other Alberta judges, all male, have recently been rebuked or had their decisions in sexual assault cases overturned.

To Sonia Lawrence, Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, the cases raise questions about whether Canada's judiciary is appropriately representative of the population.