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Clinical Associate Professor Libby Taylor has run Court Discovery twice this year, with the other successful session held in February, and is glad to continue running the popular event for high schools who may not have access to a court room otherwise. Libby is also glad to use current Bond Professional Legal Training (PLT) students in the mock trial so they are able to gain additional practical experience in the court room.
The three-hour program consisted of
- an overview of the Australian Criminal Court System;
- video incident briefing;
- aspects of a criminal mock trial – prosecution, defence, witness examination and cross-examination, and verdict;
- morning or afternoon tea with the academics; and
- a tour of the Legal Skills Centre by current members of the Law Students Association.
After hearing about the event through an email sent to the school, Mandy Bevan from Benowa State High School signed her students up to attend as the timing fitted with the curriculum being taught in the senior Legal Studies class.
“The students enjoyed learning the court process by actually seeing how it works. They felt they understood the roles of the court personal better. Those students that participated as jurors (although a little nervous) enjoyed being part of the process,” Mandy said.
By attending Court Discovery the high school students were also able to ask current Bond University Law School students about studying the Juris Doctor program and university life at Bond University during the faculty tour.
The next Court Discovery event is likely to be held in February 2014.