By Alexandra Schwabe
2011 Law Week’s theme, Access to Justice: The Changing Face of Law is sure to entice big crowds and an exciting discussion at our Public Forum with our Chief Justices, Chief Judge and top policing staff. This year, seven locations across British Columbia are participating.
Saturday, April 16
Events include: A mock trial, RCMP, specialized victims, legal aid, sheriffs, tours of courthouse and cells and a composition competition for elementary and high schools.
Wednesday, April 27
A mock trial will be held at the Key City Theatre at 7:00 p.m. The theatre is donated through the generosity of the Key City Theatre Society.
Wednesday, April 6
Events include: Cell and vehicle tours by sheriffs, RCMP dogs, RCMP drug and forensic displays, Courthouse Library tour and Billy Miner display, treasure hunt for the kids, community organization displays, ICBC display and mock trial based on Peter Pan.
Wednesday, April 13
Events include: Girl Guide arrests and mock trial, RCMP dogs, RCMP motorcycle demonstration, courthouse and cell tours, poster contest and scavenger hunt, community displays and a BBQ.
Saturday, April 9
Events include: The Trial of Hansel and Gretel with a real judge, a RCMP lecture, Police K-9 Unit demonstrations, a panel of two judges and a Crown counsel with questions from the public, a tour of the sheriffs van, resource tables and information and a Wills and Estates Skit with the Big Bad Wolf.
Saturday, April 16
Events include: a mock trial with Harry Potter, Police K-9 Unit demonstrations, a community forum and a Q&A on The Changing Face of Law, tours of sheriff’s vehicles and court cells, the Provincial Mock Trial Competition, resource tables and information, Passport to Justice Treasure Hunt with various door prizes and give-aways and a police presentation on ecstasy.
A Fun Run for lawyers and their families will take place on Sunday, April 10. The Barry Sullivan Law Cup Public Speaking Contest will be held at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Thursday, April 14 and the Dial-A-Lawyer program will take place on Saturday, April 16th.
The open house and public forum will also take place on Saturday, April 16 at the CBC Vancouver Building at 700 Hamilton Street. A citizenship ceremony will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. followed by a public forum at 12:00 p.m. with CBC host Ian Hanomansing. Community legal groups will be set up in the CBC atrium all day! Be sure to come down and take part in this exciting day.
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This article was published in the April 2011 issue of BarTalk. © 2011 The Canadian Bar Association. All rights reserved.