Workers pose for a photo outside of the Vernon Courthouse while it was under construction

Workers pose for a photo outside of the Vernon Courthouse while it was under construction

Vernon Courthouse turns 100 years old

The public is invited to attend the open house celebrations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday

It is Vernon’s stately building.

And, on Saturday, the Vernon Courthouse turns 100.

The public is invited to attend the open house celebrations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“There will be tours of the courthouse, there will be a number of law-related groups who will host displays,” said Rob Culos of the Vernon Bar Association, which is hosting the open house.

“There will be mock trials conducted by high school students and there will be a very rare, special sitting of Supreme Court at about 1:30 p.m.”

The public will be served cake and hot dogs, and there will be a chance to see all of the courthouse, including the jail cells in the building’s basement.

The Vernon Courthouse is one of the most impressive public buildings in all of B.C.

“It is one of the oldest buildings that has been in continuous use for 100 years,” said Culos. “It was the first of 10 courthouses commissioned before the start of the First World War, and our courthouse was built at the then very extravagant price of $200,000.”

Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes and Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster will be among the dignitaries taking part in the celebration.

Among the law-related groups taking part:

BC Court Services;

RCMP;

Sheriffs;

Legal Aid Society;

First Nations court workers;

John Howard Society;

Victim’s Assistance;

Restorative Justice Society;

Canadian Bar Association;

Law Society of BC.