Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.  (Mike Sturk-Reuters)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

A judge in Toronto has said Rob Ford should be removed as mayor of Toronto, having violated the city's conflict of interest act.

Ford was accused of breaking the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, after he spoke and voted at city council in February on whether he would personally have to repay $3,150 in donations collected for his football charity.

Reports say he will be in office for the next 10 days. He can appeal.

Weeks after that vote, Toronto resident Paul Magder filed an application alleging that Ford had violated the act, and should lose his job and be barred from running for office as a result.

Ford testified in court in September, revealing that he had never read the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act he is accused of breaking, nor the handbook given to city councillors that spells out the rules for declaring conflicts.

On Sept. 6, Ontario Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland indicated he would try to return a decision in the conflict case involving Ford in a timely manner.

Ford is accused of not declaring a conflict of interest when he participated in a council vote to recommend he repay donations that he solicited for his private football foundation using official city letterhead.

The mayor testified in September and told court he believed he did nothing wrong, while lawyer Clayton Ruby argued Ford acted in bad faith by not familiarizing himself with the city's conflict of interest rules.

Ford said he didn't remember receiving or reading a handbook for municipal councillors that outlines when to declare conflict of interest or the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, which he is accused of breaking.

In 2010, Ford used his staff to help send out donation requests for his football fund and mail them out to donors who had officially lobbied the city government.

The city's integrity commissioner found Ford's actions broke the conduct code for councillors and recommended he pay back donors from his own pocket.

Council adopted the commissioner's findings and sanction in a resolution Ford voted against — but he never made the repayments, despite several reminders from the commissioner.

Council later voted to overturn the integrity commissioner's penalty. Ford voted in favour of the motion that would allow him to keep the money.

With files from CBC's Jamie Strashin, The Canadian Press