Year 13 trip to The Galleries of Justice

Published on 30 November 2015

Year 13 trip to The Galleries of Justice

On the 5th November, a small group of Psychology and Law students went to the Nottingham galleries of justice. This is a museum that shows how Nottingham prison functioned when it was an active prison, how the prisoners were treated and their  routine. We were also shown around the museum and the court rooms.

When we first arrived, we were greeted and taken on a tour of the criminal court. We were shown to the barristers’ and lawyers’ seats; however, one unlucky student was put inside the prisoner stand. We were stunned by the architecture of the surrounding walls, as we learned about what happens in a standard trial. After this, we were assigned a crime, from theft of a watch to the murder of an infant and learned exactly what punishment was given for these crimes. Next we learned about the lives of prisoners, from where they slept, how they were treated, what they did for work and in their free time and how they were executed if that was their fate.

After the tour, we went to the civil court to re-enact the real life case of John Hutchinson, a man who murdered and mutilated the body of a child. We all had our assigned roles and depending on our role, we fought to prosecute or defend Hutchinson.  Our roles varied; we had a judge, witnesses, jury, defence and prosecution.  The jury had to decide if the defendant was guilty of wilful murder, or if he was truly insane and couldn’t control his actions.  We found him guilty and that was the end of John Hutchinson. Afterwards we had lunch, had one last look at the café and main reception area, then back to the bus after a very interesting day.

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Wigg

 

Year 13 student