The new Ethical Principles draft revisions have been released. This is the first time the once-in-a-generation updates have included a substantial section dedicated to post-judicial employment. The principles urge ex-judges to exercise caution when accepting jobs and providing legal advice in high-profile or politically contentious matters where clients can make use of a former judge’s status to advance their interests.
Eugene Meehan, Q.C. is quoted in a recent CBC news article: “It’s clearly a matter of concern; on the one hand, it’s helpful to have continued access to expertise, experience and bench strength. But on the other hand, there also comes a time when it’s time to hang up the hockey skates and close the locker.” Read the full article here