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Public Invited to Celebrate Law Day at Washington County Courthouse

Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018

On Tuesday, May 1, the Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater will open its doors to the public for its 2018 Law Day Open Courthouse event. The event will feature an information fair, the opportunity to clear a warrant, a MN Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) clinic, and courtroom tours.
Law Day is an annual commemoration first held in 1957, when American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes envisioned a special national day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law.  The following year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Law Day Proclamation. Law Day was made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day. 
The Law Day 2018 theme, “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom,” acknowledges that the U.S. Constitution designated a system of government with distinct, independent branches – legislative, executive, and judicial – and outlines how they interact.  Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court share power and serve as a check on the powers of the others, providing a framework for freedom.
Court Administration will be providing information at the event about the separation of powers and how it relates to administering justice in the Minnesota Judicial Branch. The public and media are invited to attend.
The DVS Clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., courtroom tours will be provided at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., and “Clear Your Warrant” check-in will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
The Law Day Open Courthouse event is being hosted by Washington County judges, Court Administration, the Washington County Law Library, and the Washington County Bar Association.