On 23rd November 2015, five students from the HND Business Law pathway, together with the Lecturer, visited a live-hearing of criminal proceedings in the famous Central Criminal Court for England and Wales in London, commonly known as the ‘Old Bailey’. The court was described by the BBC as “probably the most famous criminal court in the world” which has more than 1000 years of criminal history behind the closed doors and its walls.
As the security checks were very strict, students were split into two groups. The first group of three students went in to witness a trial relating to terrorism and theft cases.
The second group went in an hour later to another court where jury selection were taking place. As the names of jurors were called one by one, some accepted the duty and some were excused on grounds of “other pressing appointments”. The whole session took about 30-40 minutes and the judge advised the jurors on how and what to listen for in the trial.
The students were happy to witness the live-hearing and later exchanged views on their experience to other students.
This is the second trip organised by the Business Law Pathway group. The first trip was in May 2015 where the students visited the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom which sits in the former Middlesex Guildhall, on the western side of Parliament Square.