- Justice Bernd Zabel temporarily suspended after record number of complaints
- Judge describes actions as ‘ill-considered, ill-thought out’ attempt at humour
A Canadian judge who wore a Donald Trump campaign hat into court after the US election has been suspended for 30 days without pay, 10 months after his actions triggered an unprecedented number of formal complaints.
On Tuesday, the Ontario judicial council said the conduct of Justice Bernd Zabel had fallen short of the impartiality and objectivity demanded of judges. “We have no hesitation in finding that Justice Zabel’s actions amounted to a serious breach of the standards of judicial conduct, that it had an adverse impact upon public confidence in the judiciary and the administration of justice,” the council wrote in its decision.