Superior Court of Justice moved temporarily to Choice Hotel

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THUNDER BAY - The former site of the Superior Court of Justice now a hotel on Camelot Street will once again host some court proceedings due to a fire that closed the Brodie Street courthouse.

The ballroom in the Choice Hotel will be returned to a courtroom, according to a spokesperson with the Ministry of the Attorney General.

“Jury boxes and judges’ dais remain in place. The former jury deliberation room, now a conference room, has also been secured together with a few guest rooms that will be returned to judicial chambers and space for counsel and staff,” ministry spokesperson Maher Abdurahman said in an emailed statement on Friday, Oct. 30.

The Thunder Bay Courthouse at 125 Brodie Street remains closed while repairs are underway after a fire ignited in the building’s electrical room on the seventh floor.

“The fire in the courthouse at 125 Brodie Street North on October 4, 2020, will prevent operations in that building from occurring for the next few weeks and possibly until the end of December 2020,” Regional Senior Justice Bonnie Warkentin said in a notice posted to the Ontario Courts website on Oct. 26. " As a result, the Superior Court of Justice will be moving to temporary space at the Choice Hotel, at 277 Camelot Street, Thunder Bay."

As of Oct. 26, one Ontario Court of Justice courtroom has been operational at an alternate location at 101 South Syndicate Avenue, according to Abdurahman.

Additional sites for the Ontario Court of Justice will be identified in the coming weeks, Abdurahman said.

The Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice will also continue to work remotely.

Counter service is operational temporarily at 189 Red River Road from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Thunder Bay Source