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Pupils Get Unique Insight into Criminal Justice System

Year 8 children were given a unique insight into the criminal justice system thanks to a trip to Torquay Magistrates Court.

The court has one day a month used for training and education purposes and we were lucky enough to be chosen to have a tour around the building in the town centre.

A security guard was waiting at the front door to greet us before we had to go through a security check to make sure we didn't have any metal items in our possession. 

Some of the teachers failed the check and had to be frisked using a special metal detector. 

Next we all filtered into Court 1 and Mr Bamsey and Miss Scott were put behind specially re-enforced plastic as we conducted a fake trial after being charged with bad behaviour.

Devon Smail, Thomas Hocking and Kieran Binmore were chosen to be magistrates, while Ellie Walker was clerk of the court, Alex James was probation officer and Ella Bennett and Amy Weston were employed as solicitors. Despite pleading not guilty, the court was stunned into silence as guilty verdicts were read out.  Next we were showed to the cells and the children were left speechless at the tiny nature of the single cells. The last part of the visit saw us gather in Court 2 where we had chance to ask the Ushers questions. It was an extremely worthwhile trip and gave the children a real flavour of how the criminal system works.