Ribblesdale High law students at Old Bailey

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LAW students from Clitheroe’s Ribblesdale High School Technology College had a thoroughly enjoyable visit to London.

During their stay in the capital, the Year 10 GCSE law class visited the Old Bailey to observee a murder trial and saw the pathologist giving his evidence as to the cause of death. They sat in the public gallery and watched the prosecution barrister question the doctor as he gave the jury key evidence to help them decide the future of the accused.

The students then went to the Royal Courts of Justice where there was a flurry of media activity as Rio Ferdinand was in court 13 in a claim against the Sunday Mirror about a reported story of his private life.

They also went into court 14 where they observed a libel case against the American art critic Sarah Thornton where she was being cross examined by the claimant’s barrister. The next day saw them visit the Houses of Parliament for an audience with Nigel Evans and Lord Tebbit and a trip to the Supreme Court. Nigel took the students out on to the terrace of the House of Commons and talked about the current issue of university fees.

It wasn’t all study though, as there was shopping and a show where Nigel Lindsay played a fantastic Shrek and Amanda Holden was a beautiful Princess Fiona.

Throughout their visit the students certainly learnt about real life law and justice, making their studies meaningful and active.