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Fond farewell

The Camelot Street courthouse heard its final submissions Friday afternoon.
Justice John McCartney and Justice Bruce Fitzpatrick gave their final submissions Friday In the Superior Court of Justice on its final day of operation. (Jodi Lundmark,

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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