03/12/2012 02:16 EDT | Updated 05/12/2012 05:12 EDT

Missing women's inquiry adjourned to replace lawyer

Commissioner Wally Oppal has adjourned a B.C. inquiry into missing women until April 2 to replace the lawyer who was representing aboriginal interests at the hearings in Vancouver.

The move by the former B.C. Supreme Court judge comes after lawyer Robyn Gervais resigned last week over concerns native voices weren't being heard during the inquiry.

On Monday morning, Oppal told the inquiry he was adjorning the hearings until Gervais is replaced because aboriginal interests are too important not to have a voice at the inquiry.

The commission is looking into the police mishandling of the investigation of the Robert Pickton murders.