Date(s) - 14/10/2021
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Royal Courts of Justice
Organised by Educationista Foundation
Take part in a true-to-life mock trial in a genuine working courtroom at the Royal Courts of Justice in London (which houses both the High Court and the Court of Appeal for England and Wales.)
This engaging session will develop critical thinking skills as students take on the actuual roles of judge, jury, barristers, witnesses and defendant, recreating a modern trial experience.
Additionally, the workshop facilitator usually explains a little about the legal processes and there is normally an opportunity for questions.
- Explore the roles in a courtroom
- Prepare and enact a trial based on a real contemporary case
- Discuss and debate real sentencing options
- Learn about the law and justice system and consequences of breaking the law
- Be encouraged to use their rights and responsibilities to be become more active citizens
The subject of the mock trial will be drugs: The defendant in this trial is 18 years old and is charged with possession with intent to supply a controlled drug.
There will be some pre-visit material to study before the trip.
This is pitched at KS3/4 (12-16yrs)
Only children/students/adults with a pre-booked place can go in.
(Non-participating children/students and adults without a pre-booked space cannot go in.)
£8.50 per student.
£11.50 per adult.
Unfortunately, due to space, there is a limit on adult places and they are chargeable and usually allocated on a first-come-first-served basis but we may request that people consider giving up their parent space. (Any free adult spaces will be pro-rated and refunds will be made to families who attended on the day).
Please only request an adult space if there is a very compelling reason to have one.
IMPORTANT – Adults will NOT be seated near the students for the duration of the workshop. This is because the students will be seated according to their court roles (see below).
ALL adults will be observing from the BACK of the courtroom and must remain quiet during the workshop.
If your child/ren can attend without you, that would be incredibly helpful. There is not enough space for every adult to accompany their child/ren. If you have been before, please consider not requesting an adult space.
Please be honest about the age of your child/student and book onto the session that matches your child’s chronological age (your place(s) may be withdrawn if you haven’t).
STRICTLY NO PHOTOGRAPHY IS PERMITTED IN THE ROYAL COURTS OF JUSTICE COURTROOMS. Also, no eating or drinking in the courtrooms or onsite (there are no lunch facilities). Please keep noise and disturbance to a minimum both during the workshop and when walking around the building and do not run inside the building.
(Just put “adult” or “parent” etc…)
Please pay via bank transfer. Details are in the Educationista Foundation FB group.
Please use payment reference: RCJ Oct [your surname]
(Putting your surname is very important!)
(There are no refunds for cancellation/non-attendance)
Please ensure that your student(s) has a hard copy of the pupil pack (to be released at a later date), that they use it to prepared beforehand and write any notes in it AND that they bring it with them on the day)
Roles (listed below) will be allocated in advance. Speaking roles will require either reading or memorisation of lines beforehand. The barrister and witness roles require pre-preparation.
You child may choose up to 3 preferred options. We will do our best to ensure that your child gets one of their choices but obviously we can’t make guarantees. Parts will generally be allocated on a first-come-first served basis. Your child may also be asked to be a “reserve” for a role.
- JUDGE – major speaking part. The judge has to keep order in the courtroom and if the defendant is
found guilty of the crime they will give the appropriate sentence. Keeps order in the court room and controls how the case is conducted. May wear a gown and wig.
- CLERK – major speaking part. The clerk has to introduce the case, which includes telling the court what crime the defendant has been charged with. They will call witnesses to the witness stand. The clerk is a court official who assists the judge in managing the courtroom.
- USHER – non-speaking part. Works in the court room, escorts the witnesses to the witness stand and ensures witnesses have sworn the oath prior to them giving evidence.
- DEFENDANT – minor speaking part.
Will be pleading “not guilty” in this mock trial.
- PROSECUTION SOLICITOR – non speaking part. The prosecution solicitor(s) have to prepare the prosecution’s case before the trial and then instruct a barrister to present the case in court. They are trying to prove that the defendant is guilty. Assists the prosecution barrister in court.
- PROSECUTION BARRISTER – major speaking part, needs pre-prep to think of questions to ask the witnesses and make a closing statement. The prosecution barrister(s) have to prepare and ask questions to the witnesses to try and prove that
the defendant is guilty.
- DEFENCE SOLICITOR – non speaking part. The defence solicitor(s) have to prepare the defence’s case before the trial and then instruct a barrister to present the case in court. They are trying to prove that the defendant is not guilty. Assists the defence barrister during the trial.
- DEFENCE BARRISTER – major speaking part, needs pre-prep think of questions to ask the witnesses and make a closing statement. The defence barrister(s) have to prepare and ask questions to the witnesses to try and show that the defendant cannot be proven guilty. The barristers’ job is to present the defence’s case, asking questions to the defence witnesses and cross-examining the prosecution witnesses.
- WITNESSES – major speaking parts, needs pre-prep to answer questions posed by the barristers (witness statements provided in advance to allow preparation)
- JURY FOREPERSON – minor speaking part. Announces the jury’s verdict.
- JURORS – non speaking part
This is an Educationista Foundation event, organised by Lou. By booking on, you agree to adhere by the policies of the Foundation.
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