Pickton trial security and access advisory

Sheriff Services recently announced security measures for the New Westminster Law Courts during the trial of Robert William Pickton, scheduled to commence January 8, 2007 and expected to run approximately 12 months.

Access to the Law Courts building will be restricted to the Begbie Street main entrance, where search gates will be used during the trial. Counsel displaying their current Law Society membership card and current photo identification will be exempt from search, and a “Fast Lane” checkpoint will be established to expedite entry for counsel and pass-holders during peak times. Note that after-hours access to the law library may be restricted, and that counsel intending to enter the Pickton trial courtroom as spectators may expect to be searched.

Please call the Ministry of Attorney General’s Integrated Threat Assessment Unit at 604 661-1661 with any questions or concerns.