Court open to public

HARROGATE Magistrates Court will be open to the public for one day in October.

The purpose of the event is to allow people to see how a magistrates’ court operates and offer an insight into the way in which justice is administered.

More than 95 per cent of all offences which ever come before a court in England and Wales take place in magistrates’ courts.

The open day, which is set for Tuesday, October 11, is organised by the court itself and by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Services (HMCTS).

The programme will start at 9.15am with a formal welcome, followed by a tour of the courts and the chance to see benches dealing with individual cases.

At 10.45am, there will be brief presentations about the work of specialist panels and the opportunity to discuss the roles of magistrates and HMCTS.

A spokesman said: “This year is the 650th anniversary of the magistracy, a unique, ancient and very highly respected institution. We would very much welcome the opportunity of showing the vital work that 90 volunteers from Harrogate and Skipton perform in their communities.”