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Save the Law Courts Inn

The Law Courts Inn


Despite all our best efforts, we were unable to persuade our landlord, the BC Ministry of Citizens’ Services, to enter into any sort of a consultative process over their decision to close the Law Courts Inn and convert the space into offices for the Judiciary, before our lease expired on September 30, 2020.  However, we are still trying to persuade them to change their course,  so please check back, or contact the Society’s president, Adam Howden-Duke, for news of our progress.

When the courthouse complex was designed by Arthur Erickson it had, in its centre, a large space devoted to a restaurant overlooking an infinity pond. This space was always intended to be public. Tell the BC Government to keep this public space open to the public!

The Law Courts Inn is a viable going concern, even during these times of social distancing. The decision to repurpose the space for offices was made by the Ministry without any consultation with interested stakeholders.

The Lawyers Inn Society is ready to negotiate a new lease. Read the letter from our president outlining the situation for more information.

Letter from the President

We Need Your Help!



Email Minister Anne Kang and cc Jill Kot, Sunny Dhaliwal and David Eby to show your support for saving the Law Courts Inn. Tell them to negotiate a new lease to keep the restaurant and function space operating.


Email your MLA, Attorney General David Eby, and Premier John Horgan to ask them to step in and ensure the Law Courts Inn stays open.


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Letters of Support


Many organizations and individuals have already written to the government to express their concern that the Ministry of Citizens’ Services is threatening to cancel the lease. Read those letters here:

Arthur Erickson Foundation

Read Letter

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Read Letter

Original architects of building

Read Letter

Read More Letters

Amanda Winters – Farris LLP
Balaji Venkataraman and Jayashree Balaji
Bill MacLeod – MacLeod & Company
C. Wardell
Carol A. Edwards – GDBA Program, Beedie School of Business SFU
Caroline Nevine – Courthouse Libraries BC
Christopher McHardy – McCarthy Tétrault LLP
D. Michael Bain – The Advocate
David Arnott – STARK Architecture Ltd.
David Penner – Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP
Davor Pandza – Law Courts Inn Restaurant
Denitza Guenova
Derek LaCroix QC – Lawyers Assitance Program of BC
Frederic M. Morley
Gib Van Ert – Gib Van Ert Law
James D. Leith – Guild Yule LLP
James Spears – Law Society of BC
Jason Herbert – DLA Piper
Jobst Bode – Barrister & Solicitor, Family Law Mediator
John Philip – Xpyrynz Events Inc.
Justin Manning – Vegan Financial Advisor
Kamal Manhas
Kathleen S. Duffield – Legal Department – Claims
Ken Armstrong – CBABC
Law Society of BC
Leslie Parchomchuk, P. Eng – ClearSky Risk Management Inc.
Martin R. Taylor, Q.C. – Litigation Chambers
Mia Taghizadeh
Michael Libby – Dolden
Mitchell Ferreira
Nolan Hubert – KidsPlay Gala
Peter J. Roberts, Q.C. – Lawson Lundell LLP
Raminder K. Hayre – Barrister & Solicitor
Rick Stenhouse
Rory Johnston – Warnett Hallen LLP
Sandra L. Kovacs – Kaz Law
Simon R. Coval Q.C.
Steve Chamli – Law Courts Inn Restaurant
The Hon. Lance Finch – Former Chief of Justice of BC
Trial Lawyers Association of BC
Vince Cardella – Promerita Group
Vinelli Rumbaua – Power of Three
West Coast LEAF

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