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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 9:30am
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Vancouver, BC
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UBC Pre-Law Society is pleased to be offering an opportunity to visit the Vancouver courthouse on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The sessions will allow for a court orientation and court watching (Supreme and Appeal court, and Provincial Court), followed by a speaker session with lawyer(s) and/or judge(s).

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This event is open to Pre-Law members and non-members! Spots are limited and are first-come-first-serve, so make sure you reserve your own spot by signing up early! Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/nLAwwGKmKtP6diN72

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There are two sessions. Group 1 starts at 9:30 am and group 2 starts at 10:15 am. Each session will have a capacity of 30 students.

Tentative itinerary:
Court orientation for group 1: 9:30 am. to 10:00 am
Court watching for group 1: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm; 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Court orientation for group 2: 10:15 am to 10:45 am
Court watching for group 2: 10:45 am to 12:00 pm; 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Speaker session for lawyer session: 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm (group 1 and 2)
Speaker session for judge session: 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm (group 1 and 2)

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IMPORTANT NOTES:
- Please arrive at least 5 minutes before the posted time; the date and times for these sessions have been set to accommodate as many people as possible and as such you are expected to stay for the entire duration.
- Members are responsible for their own transportation to and from the courthouse.
- Reserved members will be contacted prior to the event regarding the exact location.

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COURTHOUSE PROTOCOL:
To ensure that the learning experience at the courthouse is a positive one for everyone, we ask that you kindly refrain from the following:
- Use of cameras, radios, tape recorders, and portable radios;
- Carrying weapons of any kind, including pocket or Swiss Army knives and box cutters;
- Feet on the the furniture and the “bar” in the courthouse;
- Wearing of hats;
- Food or drink in the courtroom;
- Chewing gum in the courtroom;
- Talking in the courtroom or discussing trial proceedings from any courtroom in the courthouse or any communal areas surrounding the building. (Family members or witnesses associated with the trial may overhear your comments and be affected by your opinions);
- Standing in the courtrooms (if there are no seats available, please move to another courtroom with empty seats).

We ask your attention to the following requests:
- When entering or leaving the courtrooms, please do so silently, in groups no larger than five in number. Once seated, please remain for at least 15 minutes;
- Please rise whenever the presiding judge enters or leaves the courtroom;
- Put cell phones on vibrate or turn them off;
- We ask that members bring as few personal belongings as possible. Backpacks are not permitted in the courtroom;
- Neat and tidy appear by all those in attendance would be appreciated.

Thank you for your cooperation in these matters.
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