Public Access to Law
On the 1st and 8th of October, a barrister, Jadel Naidoo, gave the Transition Year class some insight to the whole area of law. As research before his visit, we watched a movie titled Twelve Angry Men. This gave us some background information prior to his visit about the jury system; however we knew we had lots more to learn.
On his first visit, Jadel, discussed the different types of courts and the role each one plays in the Irish legal system. He explained the various roles within the courtroom; judge, jury, plaintiff, defendant and registrar. We now know the difference between civil law and criminal law. There were some interesting facts, for example children under eight years of age cannot be convicted of any sort of crime. He continued to explain how the Irish prison system operates. We learned what happens in the different types of prisons. It took some of us by surprise how “soft” some of the jails were with televisions and play stations for example.
During his second visit we set up a workshop. We all had parts to play in a reenactment of two court cases, a murder case and an air rage case. We had to set up the classroom like a courtroom and each student played a specific role in each case.
This Public Access to Law module was very interesting and a very worthwhile experience. As a class we have gained a little more knowledge of a very complicated Irish legal system.
Written by Chloe & Lokyin
On Friday the 6th of September, the 1st Years and TY class got a chance to be detectives and explore the exciting world of forensic science. Education Interactive based in Australia, the UK and Ireland ran this interesting workshop. The hall was set up with a reconstruction of a murder case. Alison, from Education Interactive, gave us a quick introduction explaining the different areas of forensic science and which tools could be used in the gathering of evidence. It soon became apparent that we were dealing with a complicated case.
We had to piece together all the evidence and build up a case to prove who did it, what happened and why? The most fascinating sections were the ballistic, linguistic and the sections exploring the tyre tracks. We looked at a UV torch that highlighted blood stains and other vital evidence.
We learned that in reality, forensic science is not like what you see on popular TV shows nowadays. Cases are not solved within weeks. The case we were trying to solve took scientists 12-18 months. It is also interesting to see the various stages and processes a case could go through. It was certainly an enjoyable and mind-boggling afternoon.
Written by Katie and Grace