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legiality and respect at the Bar. We could move the event to another location
but the profound flavour of this being a lawyers’ event for lawyers and honouring
the legal profession would be dampened. I consider the Law Courts
Inn as the venue that brings us all together. Tradition is very important to
the smooth and effective operation of the law and the legal profession and
collegiality helps the administration of justice and the Law Courts Inn is
important in both regards. The loss of this venue would seriously affect
many lawyers and the operation the legal system as a whole.
I have read the letter from Adam Howden-Duke and I agree. I will also add
that in my role as Executive Director of the Lawyers Assistance Program I
have contact with a great many lawyers each year, hundreds directly and
thousands at meetings and presentations, and while I don’t have a crystal
ball, it seems pretty clear to me that there will be a significant reduction in
the amount of office space used over the next few years. I don’t think this
will be a particularly good investment.
I sincerely hope you will reconsider your decision to remove the Law
Courts Inn from the Law Courts building.
Derek LaCroix, Q.C.
Executive Director, Lawyers Assistance Program of B.C.
July 23, 2020
Dear Messrs Dhaliwal and Azam,
I read with great disappointment that the Ministry of Citizens Services has
taken the decision not to renew the lease of the Law Courts Inn to The
Lawyers Inn Society.
I have read and echo the very valid argument in favour of renewing the
lease contained in the open letter of June 25, 2020 to yourselves from Mr.
Howden-Duke on behalf of The Lawyers Inn Society.
I will offer an additional, personal perspective on the impact of your decision.
The Law Courts Inn serves as a meeting place for counsel, their
clients, and witnesses. For clients and their families who are in the midst of
any kind of litigation, be it civil, family or criminal, it serves as a place of
refuge and refreshment where they may destress in what is, in my experience,
a generally quiet environment, but which keeps them within easy
access of counsel and the Court. There have been several occasions when I
have sent people to that place for that very reason – they were in need of a