Public invited to learn about PEI’s justice system

Islanders can take a behind-the-scenes look at the justice system by attending free public education sessions at the Charlottetown Law Courts.

Sessions are November 13, 20 and 27 from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. and include tours of courtrooms, the law library and holding cells.  Registration is open now by contacting the Court of Appeal at 902-368-6024 or

“As courts and judges we wish to do what we can to make the law clear and accessible to Islanders and Canadians,” said Chief Justice David Jenkins. “Knowledge of the law is one of the essential underpinnings to meaningful access to justice.”

The Law and The Courts program is led by PEI judges who explain the basic legal principles in areas such as criminal law, family law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 
Here is the agenda:  

•    Nov. 13: The court system in Prince Edward Island and Canada; the separation of powers in government; how boards and tribunals affect people's rights; tour of the courthouse.
•    Nov. 20: The Charter of Rights and Freedoms; criminal law.
•    Nov. 27: Family law; civil law including personal injury; contracts.

The  sessions are presented by the Prince Edward Island Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island. The Community Legal Information Association (CLIA) will also be at the sessions.  

Registration is limited to 50 participants.

Media contact:
Donna Hooper
Department of Justice and Public Safety


General Inquiries

Legal and Court Services Division
4th Floor, Shaw South
95 Rochford Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6522
Fax: 902-368-4563