The Living Courthouse 2009
From 14 to 15 March 2009, The Living Courthouse provided the public with an opportunity to view the workings of the courthouse up close and personal. About 23,000 visitors flocked to the Supreme Court over the weekend, and participated in interactive activities including court enactments, a self-guided “Justice Trail”, interactive exhibitions about the court system, as well as free legal talks and clinics.
Supreme Court staff staged enactments of civil proceedings such as Bankruptcy, Sheriff’s Seizure and Sale, Breach of Contract and Assessment of Damages, as well as a fictitious criminal trial in the Court of Appeal, so as to allow visitors to observe how legal proceedings are carried out and gain a better understanding of basic legal concepts.
Mini exhibitions were also placed at different locations around the building, highlighting little-known facts about Singapore’s legal system, as well as the history and workings of the courts. The “Stereotypes Ahead!” exhibition debunked myths and misconceptions about litigation and Singapore’s court system, while the “Blast from the Past” exhibition presented the colourful history of the Supreme Court through interactive multimedia displays.
There were also legal talks and clinics conducted by the Singapore Academy of Law, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority, the Insolvency and Public Trustee’s Office, and the Law Society of Singapore.