Insisted witness with HIV don a mask in court
An Ontario judge is at the centre of a misconduct investigation after insisting a witness who is HIV positive and has Hepatitis C don a mask while testifying in his courtroom.
Three groups have complained to the Ontario Judicial Council about the conduct of Barrie judge Justice Jon-Jo Douglas, who later moved the case to a bigger courtroom in order to create more distance between the witness and the bench.
The judge refused to accept Crown counsel Karen McCleave’s entreaties there was no need for such measures.
"The HIV virus will live in a dried state for year after year after year and only needs moisture to reactivate itself," Douglas insisted, according to a transcript of the Nov. 23 trial proceedings.