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Come along to Courts Open Day

02 May 2017

Courts and tribunals in Melbourne will open their doors and welcome the public in with a series of events, tours, exhibitions and mock trials on Courts Open Day. All events are free and designed to give members of the public, including students, an insight into the workings of the justice system.

The Supreme Court will be open on Saturday 20 May from 10am to 3pm, with opportunities for the public to get involved in a range of free tours, talks and exhibitions.

Explore the elaborate Banco courtroom, where the first sitting of the High Court of Australia took place, the grand Supreme Court library, and the beautifully restored courtroom 4 where many criminal trials take place today. Chat to staff and judges about the operation of the Court.

Join us on Courts Open Day:

  • Find out what really happens in a criminal trial in ‘On trial: A Supreme Court judge explains’ (11am).
  • ‘Class actions and the Court’: Discover how the Court manages class actions, which affect thousands of Victorians every year, including matters like the Black Saturday bushfire proceedings (12pm)
  • Learn how criminal and civil matters end up in the Court of Appeal in ‘The appeals process’ (1pm).
  • 'How find you? A juror's experience': Take a walk in a juror’s shoes on a tour with the Juries Commissioner (12pm and 2pm, bookings on the day).
  • Learn about the Court’s rich history on a ‘Heritage and history’ tour (every hour from 10.30am, bookings on the day).
  • Join a guided tour of the historic cells and learn about the notorious figures who spent time in them (bookings only, via Eventbrite – open 2 May 2017 (External link)).
  • Visit the 'capital punishment exhibition' in the library, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the last person executed in Victoria under the death penalty, Ronald Ryan.

Law Week is an annual event organised by the Victoria Law Foundation. To see the full Courts Open Day program or to book, visit lawweek.net.au.

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