An Alberta provincial court judge has been charged with impaired driving. Paul Sully serves in Edmonton as a part-time judge. Edmonton police say they pulled a driver over last night during a routine checkstop, near Calgary trail and 55 ave. Sully faces charges of impaired driving and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the 0.08% legal limit.
"I can tell you that a judge has been charged with an impaired driving related offense, I don't have sufficient information to give you more details than that," Greg Lepp, head of the Alberta Justice department's prosecution service told reporters outside Government House on Friday.
"Yes it's Paul Sully, provincial court judge."
"I've already made contact with the Province of Saskatchewan and their head of prosecutions has assured me that he will provide a prosecutor to come to Alberta, to handle this case from this point forward."
"Judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers they're all human, they all do things that other people do and it is a matter of concern when a judge is charged with an offense, but as has been mentioned previously it's very important for the public to keep in mind that like any person charged with an offence, he's innocent until proved guilty, that's part of our system and we take that very very seriously."
Sully is "not hearing any matters until this case is resolved," said a spokesman for Alberta Justice. Sully was named a provincial court judge in 1998 and was reappointed this March as a part-time judge, for a term that expires in April 2016.