SCHOOLCHILDREN from the Kirkby area were given a taste of the course of justice when they re-enacted a criminal trial with the help of local magistrates.
Youngsters from Annesley Primary School, Abbey Primary School, Kingsway Primary School, Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School and Morven Park Primary School took part in the trial in Ashfield Distrct’s Council’s chamber before an audience of magistrates, parents and teachers.
The chamber was set out to be a close replica to a courtroom and the students acted out ‘The Trial of Kyle Smith’ which is based on a case involving the theft of a DVD from a shop.
The event was co-ordinated by magistrates in the community and aimed to show young people how the justice system works and about the effect that crime has on victims, communities and perpetrators.
Coun John Knight, leader of the council, attended the event and said it was very impressive to see the youngsters take such a keen interest in the legal system.
“I’m delighted that the council has been able to work with local magistrates to support this event, which aims to show young people the effect that crime has on people and communities,” he said.
“The pupils taking part this evening were clearly interested and engrossed in this case and their presentation was very well received and enjoyed by all who attended.”
Chairman of the Mansfield Bench, David Ince JP, explained that magistrates on the Mansfield Bench have visited various groups and schools round the area to tell them about the work of the court.
Their work is nationally recognised by the Magistrates Association, which awarded the team a bronze award.
He said: “The idea is to try and explain to the children a little about how the Criminal Justice System works and how crime affects victims, communities and perpetrators.”