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Steele County Open Courthouse gives the public an inside look at the judicial branch

OWATONNA, Minn. (KTTC) –  Members of the public are getting a behind-the-scenes look at how our judicial branch operates.

The Steele County Courthouse in Owatonna invited the public to an open house Wednesday.

People could meet with district judges, take tours of the courthouse, and observe a drug court graduation ceremony.

Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul H. Anderson also participated in a panel on how judges are selected.

The courthouse organized the event to celebrate “Law Day,” which encourages Americans to reflect on how the law plays a part in everyone’s lives.

“We just want to emphasize that the court system is the third branch of government, we’re co-equal with the legislative and executive branches and that we are a public institution, and that really any day can be Law Day for you if you want to come and witness our court because most of the court proceedings are public and open to everybody to watch,” said Joseph Bueltel, Steele County District Judge.

An information fair also allowed guests to learn more about other organizations that interact with the courthouse, including law enforcement, media, and social service providers.

Erin O'Brien

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