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Y6 Magistrate Visit

Excitedly, Class 11 could not wait for their trip to Chorley Magistrate Courts on 8th December. We even had a double decker bus to take us so yes - we all wanted to go on top!

 

We were fascinated to find out about how the courts worked and 2 magistrates, Mrs Dowling and Mrs Naylor told us how there have been magistrates keeping the law of the land for nearly 600 years.

 

We re-enacted a court case involving Jack Sharp who was accused of criminal damage and theft. Our class became witnesses, legal advisers, magistrates and even the defendant.

 

Gypsy exclaimed, "This was the best trip ever!" Mrs Dowling was so impressed with us. She had not had witnesses so confident to be cross-examined and who could think on their feet. The magistrates impressed the real magistrates with superb questions directed to witnesses and the defendant. 

 

Finally, the magistrates deliberated their decision and, thankfully Jack Sharp (Aadam) was found NOT GUILTY!

Picture 1 Excitedly, Class 11 scrambled onto the top deck
Picture 2 We used Court 1 for the case
Picture 3 2 Magistrates explained the law of the land
Picture 4 The Court represents the Queen
Picture 5 We all bowed to respect the court
Picture 6 5 witnesses were cross-examined
Picture 7 3 Magistrates
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Picture 10 The Court Usher brought in witnesses
Picture 11 The Defendant, Jack Sharp
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Picture 14 PC Nabham swears to tell the truth
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Picture 16 Magistrates take notes
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Picture 19 Sergeant Strict the Duty Sergeant
Picture 20 Swear to affirm
Picture 21 Mrs Gladys Parker who saw the crime
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Picture 27 Thomas Jones the injured party
Picture 28 His shop had been vandalised
Picture 29 Sam Smith (Adam) witness for the defence
Picture 30 Panic button for the Magistrates
Picture 31 The Defendant defends himself
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Picture 33 The Magistrates deliberate
Picture 34 The magistrates remove to chambers
Picture 35 The verdict is decided- not guilty!
Picture 36 The secure dock
Picture 37 We looked at the cells in the police station
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