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Alphonse Lacavera
In Memory of
Alphonse Thomas
Lacavera
1941 - 2020
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Justice Lacavera

Justice Lacavera was a delight to appear in front of. It wasnt just because he was a good draw for the crown, it was because if he was your trial judge you knew you had a fair shot and that everyone would enjoy the experience. I started at College Park in 2013 as a nervous and apprehensive crown. At first, I found Justice Lacavera to be intimidating. He didnt say much and he never seemed to be able to hear my soft spoken voice. As I appeared in front of him more and more, Judge Al as he called himself, quickly became my favourite judge. Somehow he gave me the nickname Lady Grady. Because His Honour was so beloved, my colleagues envied the fact that he had given me a nickname. Us crowns always hoped for the highly coveted off the record chats with Judge Al. He would talk about his vacation plans, restaurant recommendations, and of course how proud he was of his children. I would hear about how his daughter was dealing with an appeal with google that was on its way to the US Supreme Court or how his son was taking over the technological world and how he was still not so good with a phone. We all adored him. He had such an endearing presence and he would often chuckle to himself at the little quips or jokes he would make. Closer to his retirement, we had a trial together with an in-custody accused. At the start of the trial on the record, in the presence of the defence lawyer and the accused, he loudly asked What do you have for me today my Lady Grady? Everyone laughed and continued on. We proceeded to run our purse snatching trial and the accused was ultimately acquitted (rightly so) because His Honour was just not satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt. Afterwards, defence counsel told me that her client said he really enjoyed the whole experience and specifically said, that crown Lady, shes so nice. Somehow His Honour had made a fairly contested trial into an enjoyable experience for everyone where the accused walked away thinking my name was Lady and that I, the one essentially trying to keep him in jail, was so nice. That was the impact of Justice Lacavera. He was kind, thoughtful, and a true gentleman. When I left College Park for a secondment to another office, my colleague reached out to His Honour and he happily signed my volleyball. I was so touched by the gesture and I will cherish the volleyball signed by Judge Al.
Posted by Alannah Grady
Saturday September 26, 2020 at 12:44 pm
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