Thursday 15th July 2010 by C. Freeman
Year 10 students got a detailed glimpse into the British judicial system when they ran their own mock trials as part of the citizenship curriculum. The students were each assigned courtroom roles, which they had to research and enact in a trial, which centred on the possession and misuse of drugs.
The project enabled students to question and research courtroom etiquette and sentencing issues. Each Year 10 Citizenship class ran their own trials, which were filmed and watched in the following lesson.
Ms Martin said: 'Students got a real taste of how the different people in a court had different responsibilities and how if they didn't work together, the court couldn't run. It was a valuable and fun learning experience for students to identify how the court system works and how it may affect them in their lives.'
Miss Duguid said: 'Over the past few weeks they have been getting to know their parts, creating speeches , understanding legal terminology and finding out what would happen in a real court system. They started to relate it to their own lives. A lot of my students are vocal and very outgoing and they have really got into character, some have bought costumes for the trial. This scheme of work has inspired and stimulated them, it's been a really positive experience and some are even considering pursuing careers in the legal profession.'