Ottawa Events


Ottawa Law Day is designed to educate high school students about their fundamental rights and freedoms, the law and the Canadian legal system. Students will get a unique glimpse into the legal profession, starting with remarks from Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

The event features a captivating mock trial exploring the non-consensual distribution of intimate images (section 162.1 of the Criminal Code) – a disturbing trend with devastating consequences. Students will have the opportunity to experience what a trial is like first-hand with a live enactment put on by Notre Dame High School.

The mock trial will focus on the presumption of innocence and the burden of proof (i.e., beyond a reasonable doubt), two important tenets of our criminal justice system.

And, for the first time ever, students won’t just watch our mock trial. They’ll be a part of it!

This year, we’ll be asking students questions throughout the mock trial to test their Charter knowledge. They’ll answer in real time using mobile phones or web browsers. The live results will come to life on the main screen as their answers come in.

Event Details

When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Albert Street Education Centre, 440 Albert Street
Special Guest: Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada


The 5K Law Day Fun Run/Walk takes place on Friday, April 28 and will raise funds in support of Operation Come Home, an Ottawa-based charity that strives to prevent homeless youth from becoming homeless adults. 

Event Details

When: Friday, April 28, 2017
On-site registration & kit pick-up: 12 p.m.
Race start:12:30 p.m.
Where: Marion Dewar Plaza outside Ottawa City Hall, 161 Elgin St.
Cost: Early registration $35; On-site registration $40

Register for the fun run/walk

Ongoing Events


Looking for a lawyer to speak to your law or civics class about the Charter?  Or maybe someone to explain why an accused is innocent until proven guilty?  Or perhaps why a lawyer would take on an unpopular case?  

Book a speaker by contacting:


Guided tours of the Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Court of Canada on Wellington Street are offered year round. Tours are available in English or French. Teachers are encouraged to book tours at any time. To arrange tours, please call 613-995-5361.

Tours of the Ottawa Courthouse, 161 Elgin Street, are available throughout the year.  Tours must be booked online at

Tours of specialty courts such as Mental Health Court, Youth Mental Health Court and Drug Treatment Court are also available to students.  While no tour guides are available, students can attend Mental Health Court on Mondays or Wednesdays, and the Drug Court on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  Youth Mental Health Court is held once per month on a Friday.   


  • Mental Health Court: Dave Roberts, 613-239-1200 
  • Youth Mental Health Court:  Caroline Thibault, 613-239-1200 
  • Drug Treatment Court: Brigid Luke, 613-952-0014