TORONTO — Justice of the peace Alfred “Bud” Johnston was slapped with a seven-day suspension without pay Tuesday for serious misconduct, which included dismissing an afternoon docket of 68 charges because the prosecutor was 70 seconds late.
The Justices of the Peace Review Council upheld two complaints against Johnston. The other involved his use of a “mocking tone” and failure to assist courier Alexander Leaf when he appeared on a traffic charge before him without a lawyer on Nov. 22, 2012.
“The misconduct in this case was serious,” justice of the peace Maurice Hudson said in reading the panel’s decision Tuesday morning.
“It struck at the heart of the administration of justice and in the public confidence attached to it. Warnings, reprimands, education or treatment are simply insufficient or inapplicable to remedy the misconduct.”
The panel said a suspension was also warranted because Johnston didn’t express any regret until he tendered a letter of apology to the council just two months ago.