magazine has published an article Keeping up appearances
that details the state of disrepair of many courthouses across Canada:
"Should courthouses be given greater priority by ministries faced with tough spending decisions?
For many lawyers, the issue goes well beyond an aversion to ratty working environments. [Edmonton lawyer Peter] Court fears the environment at Sherwood Park [near Edmonton] discourages defendants, especially those appearing before the Youth Court, from taking the proceedings seriously. 'What are you seeing when you have a facility like this?
That there’s no regard for the institution of the administration of justice,' he says, adding: 'If the building has no gravitas or solemnity, how can anyone engender respect for the institution?' It is far from being the only courthouse that appears to be letting down lawyers and their clients."
Labels: access to justice, courts