On Saturday 14 October, everyone is welcome to visit the law courts in Winchester, to go behind the scenes and find out what happens there. With fun for all the family, you can visit the cells and see inside a prison van, watch a mock trial, and even try on a judge’s robes and wig!
If you’ve ever wondered what a magistrate does, or wanted to see what happens during a trial, now is your chance! You can even sit in the judge’s chair, and have your fingerprints taken. You can meet the emergency services, and check out inside their vehicles.
Aimed at opening up the world of criminal justice for all ages, visitors will have a chance to tour the court building (including the cells), view two mock trials and a mock magistrate’s court trial, along with a raffle raising money for the Winchester Citizen’s Advice Bureau for their Witness Service. Prizes include tickets to Beaulieu Motor Museum, Winchester Theatre Royal’s pantomime, voucher for the Leaf and Bean café, and family swimming tickets for the River Park Leisure Centre.
Judge Cutler said: “Courts are public places and we invite those who are curious and keen to see a real Court in action. We welcome everybody to come and visit and to find out more about us and what happens here.”
Along with the behind-the-scenes look around, there will be a bouncy castle and face painting available on the day. Find out more here
There is no parking available at the law courts, so please use Winchester’s park and ride, or one of the city centre car parks.
The criminal justice open day is supported by Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner, and his team will be there on the day to show how the Commissioner is helping to reduce offending and increase safety across the policing area. His Youth Commission and the Independent Custody Visitors will also be there, sharing information on how you can get involved and make a difference in your community.