STUDENTS from Stratford College found themselves in the dock – but purely in the name of education.
The psychology, criminology and law students visited Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington recently and learnt all about Warwick Crown Court and the justice system.
The first year students received a tour of the court rooms by the court ushers before being met by his Honour Judge Lockhart who spoke to them about his career, routes within the legal system and what the courts do.
The students then sat in the public gallery and saw a jury being sworn in, a witness being cross-examined, a defendant being questioned by both the prosecution and defence barrister and even saw a murder trial where an expert witness gave evidence.
Student Niamh Owens really enjoyed the experience.
She said: “It was really interesting speaking to the judge and learning all the aspects of the court process.”
Fellow student Finlay Masell-Shelton added: “I thought it was very intriguing. It was a great insight into the process of the court system. I want to go into the police so learning about the law in this way is really useful.”