A glimpse behind the scenes of Lancaster Magistrates’ Court will be provided during an open day on Friday, November 22.
For the first time in nine years, the doors of the courthouse will be thrown open to the public from 10am to 4pm.
The event is a Magistrates in the Community initiative supported by the Magistrates’ Association and HM Courts and Tribunals Service.
Visitors to the courthouse in George Street behind Lancaster Town Hall will be taken through the court process by JPs and what happens to a defendant.
A total of 17 partner agencies in the criminal justice system, including the police, probation, Crown Prosecution Service and solicitors, also are involved.
Students from Central Lancaster High School will provide assistance.
Jim Dickinson, co-ordinator of Magistrates in the Community on the Lancaster Bench, said: “We are keen to raise awareness about magistrates and who they are, demystify the court process and show how it deals with offenders today.
“In addition, it is unusual for so many of our partner agencies to be under one roof at the same time.
“So we encourage everyone interested to pay us a visit.”