Allergies will form the basis of defence as the Big Bad Wolf stands trial for blowing down houses of the Three Little Pigs at the courthouse in Nanaimo on Saturday, April 13.
As part of Law Day in Nanaimo, people will get to witness first-hand a trial scenario with characters from various children’s stories and children under 12 years old will be allowed to be jurors. The trial begins at 11 a.m. with a decision expected to be rendered around noon.
Erin Brook, Canadian Bar Association’s Nanaimo Law Day committee chairwoman, said the scenario is a good way for children to learn about the legal system. The Gingerbread Man, all three little pigs, the wolf’s grandmother and the wolf, Sneezy, are expected to take the stand.
“The trial is incredibly popular as it gives children a relatable story to apply to the court system,” said Brook. “We have compelling evidence from the victims the three little pigs and the wolf himself. The question becomes are allergies enough to provide reasonable doubt. Did [the wolf] sneeze and accidentally damage the pigs houses or did he do it intentionally?”
In addition to the trial, tours of the various courtrooms and holding cells will be held and the courthouse library and prisoner transport vans will be available for viewing. People will have the opportunity to experience simulated intoxication as well with RCMP demonstrations featuring “drunk goggles,” which begin at noon.
Brook said it is an opportunity for people to see how the justice system works in a way that is both educational and entertaining.
Law Day in Nanaimo takes place between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Nanaimo courthouse on 35 Front Street.