Anoka County criminal justice agencies partnered with court administration and staged a mid-day celebration of Law Day May 1.
Resource tables lined the lobby area of the Anoka County Government Center and visitors were invited to ask questions about the role played by various agencies involved in the administration of justice in Anoka County.
The county attorney’s office, public defenders, the medical examiner and court administrator, the veterans service office, sheriff’s department and Alexandra House were among the dozen or so agencies providing information during the three-hour event.
“This is just a great opportunity for us to affirm the importance of the courts and their role in ensuring access to justice for all Anoka County citizens,” said court administrator Jennifer Schlieper, who organized the Law Day celebration at the government center.
Law Day activities included question/answer sessions with a district court judge, law enforcement K9 demonstrations and an opportunity to talk with the medical examiner.
“This also gives us a chance to give people a closer look at the workings of the court system and its role in preserving citizens’ rights,” Schlieper said.
Law Day, a national observance, was conceived in 1957 and in 1958 President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the first Law Day observance. In 1961, the United States Congress issued a joint resolution making May 1 the official Law Day.
The 2013 Law Day celebration at the Anoka County Government Center was only the second one of its kind, but Schlieper said she’d like to make the celebration an annual event.
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