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Anoka County Courthouse to celebrate Law Day with event on April 26

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

On Friday, April 26, the Anoka County Courthouse in downtown Anoka will open its doors to the public as part of a Law Day “Open Courthouse” event. The event is being held to showcase the work of Minnesota’s courts, and educate the public about the work of judges, attorneys, law enforcement, and citizens in administering the state’s justice system. The free, open-to-the-public event, will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
A welcoming ceremony lead by Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah and Tenth Judicial District Judge Barry Sullivan will be held at 9:00 a.m. Guided courthouse tours will be offered beginning in the Government Center Atrium. Legal advice clinics and presentations on various criminal justice issues will be held throughout the day. A detailed event schedule is attached, and can be found at http://www.mncourts.gov/AnokaLawDay2019.
 
Events this year include new Continuing Legal Education (CLE) opportunities hosted by:
  • Dax Stoner, CPA at 10 a.m. regarding Tax Law Impact in Family Law Cases;
  • Lt. Robert Shene, Duluth Police Department, at 11:30 a.m. regarding Body Worn Cameras; and
  • Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary, Minnesota Court of Appeals at 1:30, presenting on the First Amendment.
Other Law Day events will include guided courthouse tours; an information fair; and demonstrations of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit. In addition, visitors can participate in free legal assistance clinics staffed by volunteer attorneys on matters related to family law, child support, conservatorship, debt collection, adult and juvenile expungement, evictions, warrants, driver license reinstatement, and more. A flier summarizing the events can be found here.
 
The Anoka County Courthouse is located at 2100 3rd avenue in downtown Anoka. No cost parking is available in the ramp located on Jackson Street, and visitors are encouraged to refer to this Anoka County brochure for additional parking information.
 
The Anoka County Open Courthouse event is scheduled to coincide with Law Day, a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day was first established in 1958 through a proclamation by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Congress passed a joint resolution designating May 1 as Law Day, U.S.A. in 1961