On Monday morning, our legal studies class visited the Toowoomba courthouse. After emptying our pockets to get through security, we divided into groups to visit the Magistrates, District and Supreme courts. Here, we saw citizens being charged with various charges, ranging from drink/drug driving charges to cases of domestic violence, and murder.
It was a valuable experience to see the operation of all three courts, the different practices, layouts and personnel of each court. Although sometimes a little intimidated by the judges and their legal terminology, we all got by with the help of our teacher, Ms Lee and Miss Wright who has law degrees in both English and French! That was the fun part, as the next step will be writing a court report on one of the cases we experienced in court, as our assessment for this unit.
I would encourage all girls in Year 9 to consider Legal Studies as a subject option for their Grade 10 electives.
A highlight for one group was the time District Court Chief Judge Kerry O’Brien spent speaking with our group, initially in relation to the process of impanelling the jury in an upcoming trial we had just observed and answering questions in general.
Laura de Jong