Following our successful legal skills workshop at Manchester Crown Court last month, fifteen Year 10 students returned to the court this week to watch a real criminal trial from the public gallery. We sat in on one morning’s session of a murder trial which was in its fifth week and is still ongoing.
Proceedings focused on CCTV evidence and whether particular defendants could be identified beyond reasonable doubt across a series of clips from different CCTV cameras. It was a real insight into the sort of decisions the jury will have to make and the very detailed and precise way the prosecution and defence legal teams analyse the evidence. Many of our students are considering studying law in the future. For all of our students, it was a fascinating view of the criminal courts in action – a truly gripping day out!