Home Page

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
Picture 2 We were in Court 1
Picture 3 Mrs Naylor and Mrs Dowling, 2 magistrates
Picture 4 The Court represents the Queen
Picture 5 We all bowed to the coat of arms
Picture 6 The 5 witnesses examined by Defence and Prosecutio
Picture 7 3 magistrates with Louis as chairman
Picture 8
Picture 9 Magistrates enter from their chambers
Picture 10 The Court Usher (Keira) brings in witnesses
Picture 11 The Defendant enters a plea of 'Not guilty!'
Picture 12
Picture 13
Picture 14 PC Nabham (Morgan) swears on the Bible
Picture 15
Picture 16 The Magistrates take notes
Picture 17
Picture 18
Picture 19 Sergeant Strict (Daniel) was Duty Sergeant
Picture 20 He affirmed his oath
Picture 21 Mrs Gladys Parker (Nicole) had seen the crime
Picture 22 We all had to decide from the evidence
Picture 23
Picture 24
Picture 25 Mrs Parker was cross-examined by Defence
Picture 26
Picture 27 Thomas Jones (James) was the injured party
Picture 28 His shop window had been smashed
Picture 29 Sam Smith (Adam) was a Defence witness
Picture 30 The panic button for the Magistrates
Picture 31 Finally, the Defendant defended himself
Picture 32
Picture 33 Deliberation
Picture 34 The Magistrates leave to discuss the case
Picture 35 The verdict is NOT GUILTY!
Picture 36 We stood in the secure dock
Picture 37 We saw the cell in the police station
Picture 38 A fascinating trip