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2014-04-04 at 15:57

Fond farewell

By Jodi Lundmark,
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The Camelot Street courthouse heard its final submissions Friday afternoon.

"This building has served us well for 90 years and except for a few situations such as seagulls finding our roof as the most convenient place to nest, it has been an extraordinary place for the conduct of judicial proceedings," said Justice John McCartney in a closing ceremony held at the Superior Court of Justice Friday.

It was an emotional farewell for the judges, lawyers and courthouse staff as memories about the building were shared.

"It's location high on the hill with a spectacular view of Lake Superior has made it a focal point for the old city of Port Arthur, now Thunder Bay. None ever had to ask where the courthouse was; everybody just knew," said McCartney.

Court operations will begin in the new consolidated courthouse on Brodie Street on Monday and McCartney said as time marches on, they must also march along with it.

"As we proceed to our new state-of-the-art courthouse, we are comforted by the fact our loyal and competent staff will be marching along with us," he said.

Justice Bruce Fitzpatrick was the last judge to be sworn in at the Superior Court almost four years ago.

While everyone is sad to leave the building behind, the judge said they remember the value of the building was not only created by the craftsmanship and skill of those who designed and built the courthouse, but also the people who have used it for the last 90 years.

"This building has seen many things and heard many stories played out in its courtrooms, hallways and offices. It's performed an important role in the lives of the people who live and have lived here," said Fitzpatrick.

"277 Camelot has served us well. We will all miss her very much."

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jimmyboy says:
oh what to do now with these now vacated buildings...???
4/4/2014 6:22:15 PM
Commonsense says:
What do we know of future plans for this heritage structure?
Is it on the Heritage Registry ?
I would hope the history and grandeur of this building will be considered
In the considerations for future use.
@ Editor, was anything asked on this topic?
4/4/2014 6:37:15 PM
nvjgu says:
They better not tear it down because when the new court house starts falling down there going to need a place to go.
4/4/2014 7:50:16 PM
Ed itw says:
God no not a Heritage Building!!! Tear it down and turn the property over to St Joe's.
Recycle the doors,wood and architectural features.
Its not paradise, pave it and put up a parking lot.
4/4/2014 7:56:52 PM
starbright says:
I hope they don't tear it down. They should put a law museum in it or something with conjuntion with the new law school. The building is really neat and has a historic charm. I have toured it with a group I volunteer with and everyone enjoyed the building. The crown attorney let us visit all the areas including the court rooms, prisoner cells, and many other rooms.
4/5/2014 9:38:21 AM
Watchful says:
Relax, this will be the official parking structure for the Events Centre. Works perfectly
4/6/2014 5:41:29 PM
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