Law Day at courthouse on Saturday

By Charles Lefebvre
April 21, 2017 - 1:26pm Updated: April 21, 2017 - 7:07pm

 

MEDICINE HAT, AB — For many, the courthouse can be an intimidating place. It’s busy on a weekday, and the processes at the court can be scary if you don’t have an understanding of the institution.

Fortunately, lawyers and law enforcement workers in Medicine Hat are taking the time to help answer the public’s questions about court and ease those fears.

The annual Law Day event runs Saturday at the provincial courthouse from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Darin Wight, a local lawyer who is helping organize the event, says Law Day offers a variety of activities for people of all ages.

“It’s just a great morning,” he said. “The public can come out and be in the courthouse.

“There’s all sort of agencies, giving out pamphlets, making people aware of what’s available to the community for help in different areas.”

The event features mock trials, tours of the courthouse and demonstrations from several law enforcement organizations, including the Medicine Hat Police Service’s K9 unit.

Wight adds Law Day also helps people leave with an understanding of how the court system works.

“We show them around, and they get to see where to go, and they get to realize that it’s not as big of a place as they thought,” he said. “I think a lot of people walk away feeling more comfortable with the process and seeing the faces of some of the lawyers who are involved.”

The event is free to attend.

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