QUT students Samantha Quinney and Edward Robinson in Gympie as Red Riding Hood and Kim the Koala.
QUT students Samantha Quinney and Edward Robinson in Gympie as Red Riding Hood and Kim the Koala. Renee Pilcher

Students learn law in mock trials

ON trial yesterday for the benefit of Gympie Region students and residents was Little Red Riding Hood’s father, for the murder of the Big Bad Wolf.

Schools often visit Gympie Magistrates Court, Gympie Magistrates Court Registrar Kelly Hunt said, but this time students were able to take part in two fairytale mock trials, with some playing jury members, witnesses and defendant.

QUT students performed the rest of the mock trial, taking the roles of witnesses, defence and prosecutor, while a QUT lecturer took the role of judge.

Students heard from witnesses including Ms Riding Hood herself and Kim the Koala, all while learning about the law.

The trials were a part of law week celebrations in Gympie and held in the District Court Building.

Ms Hunt said it was a successful day, as students were able to view the courtroom in less formal circumstances and find out how it worked.

And she said the trials were a good way for students to learn about the law, opening their minds to the world of justice and possible careers. Ms Hunt spoke to the children at the conclusion, giving them an overview of opportunities to study law while working for relevant government departments.

Law week runs from May 17 to 23, and today in Brisbane is the Brisbane Magistrates Court open day, from 10am.

Attorney-General Cameron Dick said this year’s Law Week provided a great opportunity for Queenslanders to get a glimpse inside court facilities and speak to people at the front-line of the justice system.

Visit www.lawweek.qld.gov.au for information.

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