The second main building I visited as part of the Ottawa 2010 Doors Open event is the Supreme Court. Located on Parliament Hill, the imposing grey building sits in the background, close to the Ottawa River.
The Supreme Court of Canada is the highest court of Canada and is the final court of appeal in the Canadian justice system. To have permission to appeal a decision made by a provincial or territorial court, the matter must be of public importance. Immigration cases can sometimes be taken to the Supreme Court, such as in Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) v. Khosa or Baker v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration). Other famous cases tackles equality, discrimination, dignity, rights etc.
The building is currently undergoing renovation (yes, it is construction season after all!), so I entered by the small door. Right after going through security, I stepped into the Grand Entrance Hall, with the logo of the Supreme Court, the “S” and the “C”.
The second floor has the Main Courtroom, an impressive room with wooden walls and red chairs. The federal court of Canada is located on the ground floor and has a similar design, even though it seemed smaller. Overall, the atmosphere was very formal and solemn. An interesting place to visit, hopefully I will never be anymore more than a visitor here!
You can see the full Doors Open 2010 set here.