Students from The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London met with magistrates last week as part of an outreach programme aimed at increasing public awareness.

Victoria Scott and Kevin Fitzpatrick from Magistrates in the Community (MagIC) delivered a two hour seminar talking about their role in the criminal and civil justice system, focusing on how it impacts on communities.

The seminar was attended by over 50 students who are studying for a  BTEC in Public Services, a course aimed at those who want to train or prepare for employment in the uniformed services, such as the police, emergency fire services or armed forces.

Student, Hani Gue (18), thought it was very useful saying: “The seminar was really interesting and gave me more knowledge about how magistrates function. It was good to speak to them directly as I’ve always heard the term ‘magistrates’ but not really understood exactly how they differ from judges. This was a good opportunity to ask questions face to face and get a real understanding of how the justice system works.”

The seminar was set up as part of a programme of events aimed at helping learners to understand criminal justice. Other events include the roles of the police and prison services.

Chairman of MagIC, Kevin Fitzpatrick JP, said: “The students at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London were really engaged and bright, asking searching questions and shared a real grasp of the whole range of issues facing Britain today. We really enjoyed the sessions and look forward to returning to the College in the future.”

College Principal, Paul Head, said: “This is just one of many teaching methods we bring to the College to give students an all round skill set, preparing them as much as possible for the workforce.”