Criminology Students Visit Magistrates and Crown Court

Humanities, Criminology & Law

Nine of our Level 2 Criminology students spent the morning of Thursday 18 May visiting Southampton Magistrates and Crown Courts. 

Starting out in the Magistrates Court, our students had the opportunity to witness how the trial process operates within the criminal court system. Various defendants appeared charged with a range of crimes, including theft, attempted murder, driving under the influence and public disorder. They were either entering their pleas, making bail applications or being committed to Crown Court for a trial there.

After proceedings finished in the Magistrates Court, our students went down the road to the Crown Court and were able to see how things worked there as well. This is where more serious crimes are trialed, usually with a jury, and it allowed the students to see the differences in courts for themselves, not only in the proceedings but also in the general layout of the room. The case our students witnessed was also involving theft. 

Courtroom visits are invaluable experiences for our students as they are able to experience everything they have learnt in class as it actually happens in the courtroom with real people and real cases.

With even more court visits scheduled this year, we're sure our students will witness even more fascinating court cases before the end of term!