The Supreme Court of Western Australia celebrated an important milestone in 2011. In June, the Court marked the 150th anniversary since its formal establishment in 1861. A range of activities took place throughout the year, with a weekend of celebrations commencing on Friday, 17 June. Details of those events are provided below:
- Open Day
The Supreme Court, Government House & the Old Court House Law Museum opened to the public on Sunday, 19 June, between 11am – 4pm. Details in this flyer and brochure.
- Subsidised School Visits Program
To provide an opportunity for WA students to be part of the celebrations, the Supreme Court and the WA Law Society, through its Francis Burt Law Education Program (FBLEP), developed a Subsidised School Visits Program. Throughout 2011, students visited the Supreme Court & the Old Court House Law Museum, took part in the law education program, and met with a judge of the Supreme Court. Participation was by invitation from the Supreme Court.
- Schools Art & Writing Competition - winners announced.
The Court held an Art & Writing Competition for all school groups taking part in both the FBLEP School Visits Program & the subsidised program between 8 June & 9 September 2011, with the winners announced in November. The theme was Long History, Strong Future – 150 years of the Western Australian Supreme Court.
- Ceremonial Sitting
The Full Bench of the Supreme Court of Western Australia held a ceremonial sitting in Court 1 on Friday, 17 June, to mark the proclamation of the Supreme Court Ordinance on 18 June 1861.
- Formal Dinner
A formal black-tie dinner was held in the Government House Ballroom on Saturday, 18 June 2011, to mark the sesquicentenary.
Historical information brochure on the Court.
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