BC supreme court

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The Canadian court system is defined by it's essential characteristics with one of them being openly accessible to the public to view. To digress, similar to the court system of the U.S, there are exception as cases regarding sex crimes or cases dealing with the youth may be bar from public access (Boyd, 140). A critical difference between the court systems of the two countries as recordings and publications in the U.S is more relaxed as opposed to restriction in Canada. The open access is an important purpose as it grants individuals of the public to observe the different aspects of the Canadian law, procedures of the court hearings, and being open for public scrutiny. While visiting the courts and observing the hearings taking place, I found that some of my expectations towards the characteristics of the courts relegated while other factors were ameliorating. Arriving at the fourth floor of the complex, I was first greeted by the vast emptiness of the floor. I had originally envisioned a hubbub due to lawyers, judges, media reporters and observers Granted, it's obvious that the amount of observers or the level of activity varies in different time, days and is also affected depending on the cases held at the supreme court. Unsure of the directions and the observing procedures, it wasn't until I approached two gregarious sheriffs keeping guard on the entrance of the 3rd level court room gave me the information I needed. I stood dumbfounded when I learned I was able to simply walk in and observe the court rooms that had their doors open. Even more so when I couldn't enter the court room on the 3rd level that was in session due to my duffel bag. Luckily, there was a court room on the 4th floor available as what appeared to be ... ... middle of paper ... ...as pointing to, the counsel reassured the witness he would provide him with a copy in the following day. In vise versa, when the witness didn't know the answer to the counsel's questions, he stated that he would provide the answer the following day after he reviewed his diary. Although fully aware of the passive roles that judges take in court rooms, I had hoped to have witnessed the different roles the judges may take in a court room, more specifically, the display of power within the room. . I have also noticed on the 2nd day that there were other confused looking students as myself. It would greatly serve the interest of the open access policy by having a list outlining the type of hearings and room numbers easily that would be available for the public. Regardless, the two days have provided me with a unique experience and understanding of the Supreme court.
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