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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!

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