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profit. It is an attractive space that should be kept available for use by the
public at large.
Finally, I find it impossible to accept that the government cannot find other
suitable space for whatever offices it now wants to move into the court
house. In the current market there must be myriad other offices that would
be much more appropriate.
I respectfully urge you to reconsider, reverse the government’s present
plan, and find another location that will meet the government’s needs and
respect the law courts, the judiciary and the legal profession.
May I also ask that you draw this letter to the attention of Attorney General
Eby. Thank you.
The Hon. Lance Finch
Former Chief Justice of British Columbia
July 21, 2020
The Honourable David Eby
Attorney General of British Columbia
I live in your riding. I am an active retired lawyer and a past president of
the Lawyers Inn. We changed our name 50 years ago to The Law Courts Inn
when we moved to the new Court House building at the request of Chief
Justice Nemetz to indicate our service to the public and to the Law Courts.
The space we have occupied was especially designed by Arthur Erickson as
a restaurant, a window for justice to view the outside world of city and
mountains. A place where the public could mix with the law in an informal
We have and are continuing to fulfill our mandate.
I know you are familiar with the Inn as you judged a Beguile debate there
just a few months ago. We have built over the span of fifty years a reputation
and a tradition in this unique setting, we had every expectation that we
could continue this service when without warning or consultation we were
informed by the Real Estate Division of the Government that our lease
would not be renewed this September. We made representations and
received a reply, shutting the door. A copy has gone to your deputy minister.