Judging the judiciary

Editor:

Re: Province’s court system is close to collapse, Nov. 29 column.

Editor:

Re: Province’s court system is close to collapse, Nov. 29 column.

In Las Vegas, B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Bauman warned that “funding cuts have the B.C. court system going over a cliff in slow motion.”

In these times of financial restraint and budget overruns, why was it necessary to hold the annual B.C. judges’ conference in Las Vegas? Why could it not be held in some B.C. community to help the economy? In fact, is an annual conference absolutely necessary?

I would like to know how much this conference – including airfare – cost out of this insufficient budget to fulfill their responsibilities to the citizens of B.C. Instead, criminals are let off the hook and our judges party in Las Vegas. And they want a six per cent raise.

Some people want their cake and eat it, too.

Rick MacPhee, Surrey