Lawyers in Rainy River, Ont., are decrying the loss of their local judge.
“We have been reduced to a whistle stop for justice,” says Barbara Morgan, president of the District of Rainy River Law Association, in quoting from another local lawyer on the matter.
According to the association, in May the Ontario Court of Justice is relocating the judicial appointment to Kenora, Ont., some 225 kilometres away. Morgan notes the situation has been going on for some time with the resident judge, Justice Thomas McKay, having instead chosen to live in Dryden, Ont., since his appointment. But with his request to relocate to London, Ont., the court has decided to make that situation permanent. The move will leave Kenora with four presiding judges, Thunder Bay with six, and the Rainy River district with none, says Morgan.