Lori Douglas

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Madam Justice
A. Lori Douglas
Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba (Family Division)
In office
May 19, 2005 – March 21, 2015

A. Lori Douglas was the Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba (Family Division).


Douglas received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg in 1978 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba in 1982. She was admitted to the Law Society of Manitoba in 1982.[1]

Legal career[edit]

Douglas was a partner with the firm of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman, where she practised primarily family law. She was a professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba and at the Bar Admission Course.

Judicial career[edit]

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.[2]

Complaint and resignation[edit]

In July 2010, Winnipeg resident Alexander Chapman filed a formal complaint with the Canadian Judicial Council against Lori Douglas and her then-husband, Jack King.[3] The complaint alleged that King, a lawyer for the Thompson Dorfman Sweatman firm, uploaded nude photographs of his wife to a pornography site in 2003 in order to tease clients such as Chapman.[4] Douglas was unaware of the photos being distributed, according to her own statements and those of Jack King.[5] The subsequent investigation drew support from the civil law dean at the University of Ottawa who said "If pictures of you naked end up on an Internet site, it's quite difficult to say you have the credibility to be a judge."[4] However, an article in Canadian Lawyer Magazine was critical of the move, calling it "victim blaming couched as legitimate judicial inquiry".[6]

In September 2010, Douglas asked to be "temporarily relieved of her duties as a sitting justice" while "remain[ing] in her position in an administrative capacity".[7] 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.[8] The Canadian Judicial Council inquiry suffered from a series of delays and legal challenges before finally concluding on 24 November 2014, when Douglas agreed to early retirement in return for the case being officially stayed.[9] Douglas officially retired on 21 March 2015.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Manitoba Judicial Appointments Announced". Department of Justice. May 20, 2005. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  2. ^ "PM Announces Manitoba Judicial Appointment". Office of the Prime Minister. May 19, 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  3. ^ Pritchard, Dean (2014-04-29). "Jack King, lawyer at centre of sex scandal, has died". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Nude photos of judge contained in complaint". CBC News. August 31, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  5. ^ Puxley, Chinta (2014-11-04). "Lori Douglas loses bid t end disciplinary hearing in nude photos case". CBC News. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  6. ^ Akbarali, Jasmine; Hnatiw, Gillian (2014-11-17). "Victim-blaming couched as legitimate judicial inquiry". Canadian Lawyer Magazine. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  7. ^ "Manitoba judge in nude photo scandal steps aside". CBC News. September 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  8. ^ 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."
  9. ^ a b Pritchard, Dean (24 November 2014). "Lori Douglas to quit rather than face inquiry". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "New judge replaces Lori Douglas". CBC. 2015-05-05. Retrieved 2015-09-25.