On the 14th of January 2016 at 12pm sharp, 15 girls from Year 9 and Year 10 embarked on a trip participate in a Law Workshop. It was a unique opportunity to visit the Royal Courts of Justice and also participate in a mock trial, so we were all very excited. Eventually, we arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice and were given the chance to look around. The buildings there are massive! We were led by two facilitators to the courtroom where we were given briefs of the British Court Systems and the mock trial that we were going to carry out. We had grasped significant information taught by the facilitators, such as the fact that there are various types of courts dependant on the case type (e.g. its seriousness). They are ordered in, initially, prestige: the Magistrates' Courts and County Courts, the Crown Court, the Royal Courts of Justice, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.
The case that we were to put forward was of the infamous Alfred Rouse who had committed a brutal murder, and our jobs were to either prove him guilty or not guilty depending on the role that we had chosen. The prosecution barrister, defence barrister and judge had to wear court robes and something called a “barrister” wig which was worn to show social status. And then it began! There were two prosecutors, two defence lawyers, the judge, a defendant, seven witnesses and the jury. The case was brutal, but it was such a satisfying day – extremely after having gained all of the captivating knowledge on the court system in the UK. After a tough exchange of evidence and cross-examination, the jury concluded that the defendant was guilty, and the prosecution had won! In reality, when the case was trialled, Rouse was also proven guilty by the prosecution; he was condemned on the count of murder.
Altogether it was an immensely exciting and interesting day, and our general knowledge of the Law career and Justice System has most certainly improved. Indeed, it was a day to remember!