Hat-wearing Hamilton judge faces discipline hearing

The Hamilton judge who wore a pro-Donald Trump hat will face a public discipline hearing this summer.

Justice Bernd Zabel turned up in court the day after the US election wearing a red ""make America great again" baseball cap.

He apologized days later, saying the hat was an attempt at humour and not meant to be political.

His discipline hearing is set to begin Aug. 23 in Toronto, and will be heard by a panel comprising a judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal, a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice, a lawyer and a community member.

If found guilty of judicial misconduct, penalties range from a reprimand, to a paid or unpaid suspension, to a recommendation to the attorney general that the judge be removed from office.