Legal Studies Students Visit the Supreme Court

Ms Jessica Prouten, Head of Department

On Tuesday 25 May the Years 11 and 12 Legal Studies students joined up for a trip to Brisbane to visit the Supreme Court. The Year 11 students were particularly excited about this trip, as this was their first time visiting the courts. Usually Year 11 students will also visit the Southport Magistrates Court, but COVID has meant that this is unable to happen.

The Year 11 students got to spend time sitting in on matters at the Supreme and District Courts. These ranged from matters concerning drug trafficking, to a very interesting case involving 11 defendants and a charge of ‘mutiny or riot’. The students who attended this case, came to understand that the trial related to an incident that had occurred at the Woodford Correctional facility in April last year.

The Year 12 students had a different day, with no visits to court for them. Instead they attended a special seminar on legal research, and then were able to spend time using the resources of the Law Library at the Supreme Court. This library is very specialised and it was great to see the boys wandering the stacks and looking at books with interesting titles. One of the more interesting finds, was the section of printed copies of parliamentary debates going back to the early days post federation.

In all the boys had an interesting and enjoyable day and we thank Mr Ward for coming along too.

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