Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa

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Explore the imposing Supreme Court of Canada, the highest court in the Canadian legal system. Take a free tour to see how the country's judicial system operates and how cases of public importance are dealt with. You can also take the opportunity to sit in on hearings, but be prepared for rigorous security checks upon entry. Plan your visit to Supreme Court of Canada and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Ottawa road trip app .
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  • We were there in the afternoon when a trial was in progress; interesting to watch the judicial system at this level;  more »
  • Tried to get in the Parliament building but the were nine available for today so took a little walk down the road to the supreme court building. Entrance is free, and the guided tour is in English or ...  more »
  • tourists mostly omit this interesting and dignified place. good basic information on judicial system of Canada here interesting architecture.  more »
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  • My dad used to work here and he told me there's a very old horse fossil sliced into a piece of marble, hidden somewhere . Have you ever explored the park behind the Supreme Court? It's my secret garden. Best view for any downtown fireworks (Symphony of Lights in August, Canada Day)
  • The tours mostly focus on the structure of the building, rather than the legalities of it. The line was very long, especially in the rain. Nothing much gained from going here, nothing much learnt. There are basically three sections, the federal court, the Supreme Court, and the judges gallery. Everything together will be about half an hour. Skip it to have more time for seeing other parts of the city.
  • As you visit the mint and parliment you must visit the supreme court and enjoy your free tour.
  • The tours are really informative and teach you a lot about how the judicial system works in Canada. The building itself is also really impressive.
  • Nice short tour, giving an architectural, historical and political history of the court.

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