Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Inside the Guy Earle BCHRT Hearing Room

[UPDATE: Watch complete video tour of BCHRT facilities]

Cameras aren't allowed in the hearing room, so I drew this basic map to show what it looks like:

It's relatively small, about 10 metres by 10 metres, basically a re-purposed office boardroom. What's very odd is the placement of the observers' gallery, on the opposite side of the room from the door. Visitors arriving and leaving must walk behind the respondents, witness and complainants table while the hearing is underway. It's awkward and distracting, especially for the witness, who has people brushing by behind them while they're testifying. Seriously!

If the layout designer of this room was trying to achieve maximum inconvenience for everyone except the Tribunal chair, they succeeded. Why not put the gallery chairs by the door so visitors can enter and leave the room discreetly, without disturbing the hearing in progress?


  1. Nice sketch, and it's to scale too. Hey are those chairs, or depictions of people smiling and frowning? (depending on which way you hold the map)

  2. The process is the punishment. You could have just as well asked if the wood the inquisition used in Auto def e's was grade A. Which of course means no matter how funny this is. The HRC is even more strange.

  3. hey, its obvious there is an intimidation factor here. The complainant gets the power of crowd support while the respondent is left on his own, to be intimidated by the masses he faces.