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Year 6 Wolves


A visit from the Judge

Today, 13th September, the Wolves were visited by Judge Overbury QC from Ipswich Crown Court. 

As part of his visit, the Wolves acted out the mock trial of Johnny Rotten who had been accused of stealing a bike from a shed. Before the trial began various members of the class had to put on robes and wigs to make increase the authenticity of the occasion. Each participant had to explain the role that were going to play in the trial - this included the two barristers, criminal investigators and the jury. As the trial progressed and the evidence shared it wasn't looking good for Johnny Rotten. In the end the jury found him guilty and he was served with a £200 fine!

Following the trial, Judge Overbury very kindly stayed to answer our questions about what he does as a judge and told us about some of the exciting cases that he has presided over.

The timing of the Judge's visit was perfect as, in our English lessons, we are studying a poem which tells the story of a real murder which took part in 1844. During the unit the Wolves will be presented with additional evidence and have to decide whether the correct man was hanged for the crime.

We were very grateful to Judge Overbury for visiting us today, we know that that he is a very busy and important man. Everyone, including Mr. Gray and Miss O'Neill, learnt a lot about the trial process and the role of the court system.


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