Behind the scenes of justice

Hundreds of people filtered through the Kelowna courthouse Saturday, exploring the courtrooms and touring through the holding cells.

The local courthouse celebrated Law Day Saturday, an annual event in conjunction with courthouses across B.C. that allows the public a behind-the-scenes look at how the justice system works.

“In order for our justice system to be effective, people need to believe in it, and they've got to believe that their problems can be resolved in the justice system,” said Michael Sinclair, co-chair of the Law Day.

“People may or may not agree with what happens in the courthouse, but what we want is for them to try and at least understand it so that they can have a well-informed perspective about it.”

In addition to the tour of the holding cells, Justice Cathaline Heinrichs answered the public's questions and a group of Girl Guides were put on mock trial.

Several non-profits, like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and several legal assistance groups, were on hand to provide information about the services available.

Sinclair said it's important for people to be aware of different aspects of the legal system: “How does the courthouse work, who would I go to for help and understand a bit more about how they can navigate the system.”

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