[LET JUSTICE BE DONE: Mr Lim Jian Yi (left) and Mr Muhammad Hakim Salim hope to clear up
misconceptions about court proceedings in Singapore.]
By Joy Fang
SO, WHO tried to kill Humpty Dumpty?
The popular nursery-rhyme character was pushed off the second storey of the Supreme Court building.
In the dock, the Big Bad Wolf stood alone, accused of attempted murder, while a witness - one of the Three Blind Mice - took the stand.
The humorous take on courtroom procedures is part of The Living Courthouse, the Supreme Court's first major public event since its move to its new premises.
All 200 court employees will be involved in this event, which includes enactments of civil cases, exhibitions on common court stereotypes and the history of the Supreme Court, exploratory tours and legal talks and clinics.
Mr Lim Jian Yi, who will play the role of an inspector looking into the "attempted murder", said: "Real criminal trials are very serious affairs, but this (enactment) would make it more easily accessible and understandable to the public."
By day, the 28-year-old is a judicial officer, but for the weekend, he will play the role of Inspector Tan and be one of 25 court staff who will don costumes for the quirky enactment of a criminal trial.
Mr Muhammad Hakim Salim, 32, who heads the procurement department, will be one of the Three Blind Mice.
"Some people have misconceptions about coming to court, for instance.
They think that only lawyers and defendants come to court, but actually we are open to the public sitting in for court hearings," he said.
Fun as the event may be,Mr Lim hopes the public will learn something from it.
"There's a strong educational component to it. That is the main purpose, to let the public know that this is a court and this is how it works," he said.
Secretary Vivien Sing said she used to think of the Supreme Court as "starchy and stiff".
"I thought our judges are still wearing black capes and white wigs," said Ms Sing.
She changed her mind after a sneak preview of the exhibitions.
"I think it's great. It's a way to reach out to people," she said. The Living Courthouse is on tomorrow and Sunday at the Supreme Court from 10am to 6pm.
Admission is free.
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