Douglas was a partner with the firm of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman, where she practised primarily family law. She has been a professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba and at the Bar Admission Course. She is a frequent lecturer and the author of several legal publications.
On May 19, 2005, Douglas was appointed a Judge of the Court of Queen's Bench (Family Division). On May 14, 2009, she was appointed Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench (Family Division), replacing Justice Gerry Mercier.
In July 2010, a formal complaint regarding Douglas was filed with the Canadian Judicial Council concerning an alleged sexual harassment incident in 2003. In September 2010, Douglas asked to be "temporarily relieved of her duties as a sitting justice" and currently "remain[s] in her position in an administrative capacity" while the complaint is heard. On January 5, 2011 the Canadian Judicial Council determined that the matter of the complaints against Douglas merited further investigation and referred to a review panel.
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- Canadian Judicial Council, Update about two complaints against Associate Chief Justice Lori Douglas, Ottawa, 5 January 2011 "Chief Justice Wittmann has decided that this is a matter that warrants further consideration. The complaint is therefore referred to a Review Panel of five judges."
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