Judge Educates Law Students

A level law students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull visited the Crown Courts in Birmingham to see court cases in action and hear from an eminent judge.

Four visits took place throughout June, giving all first year A level Law students the opportunity to see what they have been studying in the classroom put into practice in the courtroom. Each visit began with an introduction to the courtroom and the roles within it, illustrating where the final destination could be from their study of law. One student was lucky enough to sit in the judge’s chair but no-one took up the offer of the witness box.

The students were particularly inspired by His Honour Judge Mukherjee, who talked to them and encouraged them to set their sights high, and that hard work and determination would enable them to succeed in the legal profession.

They saw a wide range of cases including drugs offences, causing death by dangerous driving, grievous bodily harm and sexual assault. In some cases, they were able to see the importance of video evidence in interviewing vulnerable witnesses.

Curriculum Leader for Business and Law is Elaine Gerard, who commented:

“We give our students the opportunity to visit the law courts every year and you never know what they will see. However, this year they have been fortunate enough to see some very interesting cases and hear from a judge, which is not an everyday occurrence. The experience will help them in their studies going forward.”

28 June 2017