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VOL. 78 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2020
break in a calming environment, but I needed them to be near to hand for
For counsel, it is a place where one can find a quiet corner to conduct work
while getting a proper meal over lunch in the midst of trial.
It is appropriate that the largest, busiest courthouse in the province maintain
this space for the purpose for which it was intended. This is all the
more the case given that the Law Courts Inn is a viable commercial enterprise.
It is not as if the Province is engaged in a charitable endeavour in having
the Law Courts Inn occupy the space.
I ask that you reconsider the Ministry’s decision. Please maintain this space
as it is. If the Ministry has need of office space for others, please find space
that is already fitted out for that purpose. One suspects, in the wake of the
Covid crisis, that many businesses which may have discovered they function
quite efficiently with people working remotely will be looking to
reduce their leasehold footprints in the coming months to a year. One suspects
that downtown office space might be secured at a very reasonable
sum in the coming months.
Please re-engage with The Lawyers Inn Society with a view to negotiating
terms for renewal of the lease to the Law Courts Inn.
Thank you for your attention.
Kathleen S. Duffield
July 27, 2020
I am distressed to learn that the Ministry of Citizens’ Services has cancelled
the lease of the Lawyers’ Inn Society at the Law Courts in Vancouver. Particularly
perplexing is that this was done without any consultation with the
legal community. The space in question has been a vital meeting space for
members of the legal community for decades. Taking such a step without
extensive consultation with the members of the bar and judiciary who use
the space reflects very poorly on your ministry. We urge you to reconsider
the current approach.
Andrew D. Gay, Q.C.