Uniformed Public Service students from Harrogate College had VIP treatment as they visited Leeds Crown Court on Friday 3rd February. The Level 3 Year 2 students were met by a court clerk and had access to an empty court room, where they had the opportunity to sit in each area of the court room, including the Judge’s seat, witness box, the dock, the Jury’s bench and the Barrister’s seats.
The court clerk gave the intrigued students information about the types of criminal cases often heard at the courts; such as more serious offences like murder, manslaughter, sexual offences, drug offences and burglaries.
The students viewed a snapshot of a long criminal trial that had been underway for the past few weeks; the trial was an upsetting case of sexual assault and of child neglect. The group were well aware of court etiquette and behaved accordingly and respectfully.
During part of the trial, they experienced the jury being called in, witness statements being read by the prosecution, witnesses for the prosecution being sworn in and questioned, then cross examined by the defence barrister. They also saw the use of video/picture evidence and of a curtain used to protect the identity of witnesses.
“The students had a fantastic day and learned a lot, and were excellent ambassadors for Harrogate College.” – Lauren Atkinson, Public Service tutor.
If you’re interested in Public Services, please visit our next Open Event on Thursday 16th March, 5-8pm at Harrogate College.