Law Day in Kamloops to feature tours, mock trial

Annual event will be held on Tuesday, April 16, at Kamloops Law Courts

What’s old is new again for the annual Law Day festivities at Kamloops Law Courts. 

The public is invited to learn how the legal system works in B.C. next Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Columbia Street courts.

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The main event, a mock trial, will revisit the past theme of Harry Potter to showcase court proceedings.

The Boy Who Lived is in hot water, facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of professor Quirinus Quirrell. Real life costumed lawyers and judges will play the parts.

“I like that the judiciary gets so involved in these things,” said event organizer Aachal Goundar.

The trial will run in courtroom 2D and the jury will be selected from kids in attendance.

The trial will be held between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., but there are plenty of other activities.

New this year is the community justice passport — a slight twist on last year’s scavenger hunt.

Children will be given a sheet of paper when they enter the courthouse. They will be tasked with visiting various information tables set up by organizations such as the RCMP, ICBC, Crime Stoppers, Legal Aid BC and the BC Sheriffs Services. To get their passports stamped and win a prize, participants will need to stop and ask a few questions.

Goundar said she is hoping this year’s passport will lead to more kids engaging with the representatives.

Also returning is the Truth and Reconciliation Room, where people can learn how First Nations court operates and hear traditional storytelling from an Indigenous elder.

Raymond Phillips from the Lilooet First Nation, who was named a judge last December, will be available to answer questions about First Nations Court. 

The barbecue grill will return to the back lawn of the courthouse, where residents can grab a free hot dog.

“We found that it was a huge success last year,” Goundar said.

The Ask a Judge forum will also be back in room 3B with justice Chris Cleavely, as will tours of the cells with a sheriff.

As long as they don’t get called out, RCMP Police Dog Services will be back this year for a demonstration.

Law Day in Kamloops has been ongoing since 1991 and is organized by a local committee made up of sheriffs, police officers, court registry staff, judges and lawyers.

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