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CJC considers imposing mandatory professional development on federal judges

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 05:55 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

As Parliament fast-tracks Bill C-337 targeting judicial bungling of sexual assault cases, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) is actively considering making it professional misconduct for federal judges to fail to engage in continuing professional development (CPD) — including failing to take sexual assault law training, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned.

The CJC is very proud of the “top notch” and extensive CPD offerings it arranges through the National Judicial Institute and other providers, including training on social context and sexual assault law, said the CJC’s executive...