$4 million upgrade to Kelowna’s courthouse

Kelowna’s courthouse has just had a $4-million upgrade to accommodate trials for increasingly worse criminals.

Kelowna’s courthouse has just had a $4-million upgrade to accommodate trials for increasingly worse criminals.

The changes appear to be all in and around Courtroom 1, which is the space used for larger criminal cases. It has been completely refurbished and brought up to contemporary standards, which includes everything from a new entry checkpoint to a glass barricade between the gallery and the trial participants.

Courtrooms are open to the public, so what’s changed is clear to see, but the Ministry of Justice declined a request to detail what the upgrades will amount to in terms of increased safety.

“While we don’t publicly disclose detailed information around security planning, we are making investments to accommodate a broader range of criminal matters,” said a Ministry of Justice representative.

“Courthouse security is the responsibility of B.C. Sheriff Services, which routinely evaluates the threat level associated with court appearances and strategically deploys resources to meet the security need.

B.C. Sheriff Services conducted a security assessment and determined that a security upgrade would allow the courthouse to accommodate a broader range of criminal matters.”

At the far end of the “range of criminal matters” is a trial starting in November.

Jujhar Khun-Khun, Jason Thomas McBride and Michael Hunter Jones, have all been charged with murder and attempted murder for a daylight shooting outside the Delta Grand Hotel in Kelowna in August 2011, that left Red Scorpion member Jonathan Bacon dead and his companions injured.

That trial is expected to begin on Nov. 7, 2016. It was originally scheduled for April 4, 2016, but was pushed back to allow for pre-trial matters.

The improvement costs of $4 million covered operating equipment and furnishings.

Just Posted

Kelowna Family Hub celebrates 10,000th visit

The Central Okanagan Family Hub opened in 2016

Lake Country council questions tax hike for fire hall

Council asked about other options opposed to a 4.9 per cent tax hike

Another 20 to 30 cm of snow expected on Coquihalla

Environment Canada issued a weather statement this morning

Retired Kelowna teacher a YouTube Sudoku sensation

A retired Kelowna teacher has amassed quite the following online by teaching the art of solving a Sudoku puzzle.

Your morning news in 90: Dec. 12, 2018

Tune in for 90 seconds to get the top headlines for the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen.

B.C. Liberals call for outside audit of Speaker’s office

Auditor General implicated in Darryl Plecas accusations of impropriety

Three victims of ex-ski coach Bertrand Charest suing Alpine Canada

The victims are also seeking $150,000 each in punitive damages

Trudeau names four new senators, filling every seat in the Senate

Trudeau has appointed 49 senators since becoming prime minister and will have the chance to appoint more in 2019

B.C. member of parliament takes feds to task on opioid crisis

‘Too many families are tragically losing parents, siblings and children to the opioid crisis.’

Heart attack raises questions about boarding BC Ferries in health emergencies

Quadra Island man recovering after being airlifted to hospital in Victoria

Judge gives Michael Cohen 3 years in prison

Judge William H. Pauley III said Cohen deserved a harsh punishment for crimes including tax evasion

Humboldt Broncos, cannabis, Fortnite: Here are Canadians’ top Google searches for 2018

When celebrities died or Canada Post went on strike, Canada turned to Google

Most Read