The MIC Team has enjoyed the positive and enthusiastic response pupils have shown to talks. They have enquiring minds and are often less inhibited than older students when asking questions. Talks focus on delivering a serious message about the work of the criminal justice system in a way that pupils will understand and find interesting and informative.
We believe that it is beneficial for children to gain an understanding that criminal actions have consequences that may affect the rest of their lives. We would like to get this message across to pupils in a non-frightening way and for them to realise that real life justice is different from TV fiction.
Our MIC Team comprises experienced magistrates who are flexible in their approach, and who are happy to cover any specific issues.
As well as a talk to the pupils, ideally to Years 5 and 6 only, a mock trial can be arranged using specially written scripts for these age groups. The mock trials offer children the opportunity to act as magistrates, prosecutors, defence lawyers, defendant, etc., and to reach a guilty or not guilty verdict. This opens up discussion about what evidence they heard that led them to their decision. This is a really excellent and enjoyable exercise to help develop their listening skills, verbal reasoning and confidence.
On the 20th June 2017, The North Cheshire Magistrates in the Community Team delivered North Cheshire’s inaugural Primary Schools Mock Trial Competition. The event was the first to be held in the North West and was attended by 48 Year Six pupils from four local primary schools; (Alderman Bolton Primary School, The Grange, St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School and St. Vincent’s Primary School).