Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, last weekend watched Hertfordshire school children participate in the first round of a nationwide ?mock trial? competition at St Albans Magistrates Court. He presented prizes to the winners at the end of the competition.
Peter Lilley said:
“This was an excellent opportunity for young people to learn how the criminal justice system works. In particular, it showed how ordinary people play a key role as magistrates ? of which there are 30,000 across the country. I hope too it will encourage young people in due course to serve on juries when called to do so as nearly 200,000 people do every year. The British system is unique in that we have the right both to influence how laws are made through our vote and how they are implemented as jurors or magistrates.
“I was impressed by the quality of all the contributions in the mock trials and hope that Hertfordshire?s contestants do well in the nationwide competition. I very much hope that these sort of events stimulate interest in the justice system as well as being a good introduction to the art of public speaking.?