Public Service students at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London met with magistrates last week to talk about the punishments allocated to those involved in the Summer riots, and how the court and sentencing process works.

The Level 2 and Level 3 students received an in-depth introduction to how law and order is conducted at Magistrates’ level and participated in a role play activity, acting as jury and Magistrates on a fictitious case relating to the riots.

In a short time, the students enhanced their analytical skills, team working, interpersonal and communication skills.

Level 3 student, Dogus Karsili, said: “I really enjoyed the role play as it put me in the position of the Magistrates and allowed me to understand how and why they make the decisions they do”.

Vice Principal for Curriculum and Learner Experience, Jane O’Neill, said: “We are always keen for our students to meet visiting lecturers from their chosen industry. In this case, students learnt about the complex process our local Magistrates are implementing, and had an opportunity to discuss the recent riots from a legal perspective.” 

Further sessions for students in Health and Social Care, as well as a day trip to the Magistrates court where students will sit in on a real hearing have now been planned.

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