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'Legs together' former judge decision expected in 2018

Last Updated Nov 14, 2017 at 5:13 pm MDT

A decision on whether former judge Robin Camp will be allowed to practise law again is not expected until the new year.

Camp resigned from the Federal Court over his treatment of a rape complainant during a 2014 trial.

He has asked to be reinstated to the Law Society of Alberta, a group he left automatically when he became a judge.

Society executive director Don Thompson said one factor a panel must weigh is Camp’s desire to once again earn a living as a lawyer. But it must also consider how allowing that would affect the legal profession’s reputation.

A three-member panel heard from friends and former colleagues of Camp’s who described him as respectful and eager to learn.

Camp stepped down from Federal Court in March following a Canadian Judicial Council recommendation that he be removed from the bench.

Court transcripts from the 2014 sexual assault trial show that Camp — a provincial court judge in Calgary at the time — called the complainant “the accused” numerous times.

They show he asked the young woman why she didn’t resist by keeping her knees together.

Camp found the accused, Alexander Wagar, not guilty, but the Appeal Court ordered a new trial that resulted in him being acquitted for a second time.