Harry Potter to stand trial in Kamloops

By Ashley Legassic
April 15, 2019 - 2:35pm Updated: April 15, 2019 - 3:45pm

KAMLOOPS — One of the world's most prominent wizards will be standing trial for second-degree murder in Kamloops Tuesday.

Of course, it's just a mock trial, so Harry Potter likely won't be going to prison for the death of his professor Quirinus Quirrel, who taught defence against the dark arts.

But local lawyer and organizer for the Law Day event in Kamloops, Kelly Melnyk, says kids will get to experience being on the jury.

"We have judges and lawyers that have graciously offered their time to don some costumes and run a trial for Harry Potter and the kids will be randomly selected to be part of the jury," Melnyk says.

The mock trial is the headliner for each Law Day, but there are plenty of events held beforehand.

Melnyk says there will be display tables, tours of the courthouse library, tours of the holding cells and sheriff vehicles, and the "community justice passport program".

"It's to encourage the young children to explore the booths, explore the courthouse a bit, learn some neat things, and then when they finish their passport, when they get all their stamps completed they can come up to the courthouse library and get a goodie bag," she says.

There will be a hot dog stand, and potentially an RCMP dog demonstration outside, so long as the K9's aren't needed for work.

"To be a part of the Truth and Reconciliation program, we're doing a very active First Nations courtroom, and so there's going to be elder storytelling and an understanding of the blanket ceremony," Melnyk says.

There will also be an "Ask a Judge" forum held on the third floor of the Kamloops Law Courts where the public can ask questions.

"It's just kind of a nice way to familiarize the community and the general public about the courts and the systems and make it seem a little bit more accessible and not as, kind of, daunting for the general public."

The event takes place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday (Apr. 16) at the Kamloops Law Courts on Columbia Street. The mock trial begins at 7:00 p.m.

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