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20th June 2017

A Level Law, Politics and Sociology students were inspired by a visit from Philip Morris, a Magistrate from York Magistrates’ Court, who spoke about his work and carried out a mock trial sentencing exercise to highlight court protocol and procedures.

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The pretend trial covered a real case of a young mother charged with attempted theft, with students taking on the roles of Crown Prosecutor, Defence Solicitor, Defendant, Probation Officer and Magistrates, with Philip Morris acting as the Legal Advisor.

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Student Andrew Cross, formerly of Easingwold School, played the role of the Defence Solicitor. He said: “It was an informative and interesting experience. I would like to follow a career in Law and with a year to go before university I am keen to get an insight into the legal system and take on work placement opportunities to further my interest in the subject.”

Law tutor Clare Kirton said: “This was a great opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the workings of a magistrates’ court and the different roles involved in the trial process. It was particularly relevant for students who want a career in law, the police, social work sectors, criminology or forensics, or in any aspect of social justice. The mock trial will especially help law, politics and sociology students when they study crime and deviance next year.”

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