Mock Magistrates competitors trip to Bath Magistrates Courts

Wednesday 27th February saw a group of thirteen students from year 8 and Year 9 attend Bath Magistrates Court for the day to witness the Criminal Justice System first hand. This was in order to prepare them for their forthcoming participation in this year’s Mock Magistrates competition, which is due to take place in the next few weeks.

We were met by a serving Magistrate Mr Martyn Russell, who very kindly explained the court system to us and then arranged for myself and the students to witness some live cases scheduled for that day. Some of the students were also introduced to a team member from the probation service, who explained their role in the Criminal Justice System. Whilst other students were greeted by the Prosecution solicitor from the Crown Prosecution Service, who was also involved in a listed case for that day.

The students were exemplary throughout the day and were complimented for their behaviour and politeness both on the train and also by the court staff. I was extremely proud to have supported these students who were incredibly reflective upon their experiences and this visit has clearly encouraged them to consider careers associated with the legal system. It only remains to say that they were excellent ambassadors for The John of Gaunt School and we wish them every success in their Mock Magistrates Trial competition.

Mrs Scott – Humanities