Excursion Gives Students Firsthand Understanding of the Legal System

Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies students were recently given the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the legal system through an excursion to the Brisbane District and Supreme Court. The purpose of this outing was to provide students with a tangible, firsthand experience of courtroom proceedings. They could witness the practical application of legal principles taught in the classroom.

By observing the careful process of empanelling a jury, the Legal Studies students saw how this adds to ensuring a defendant a fair trial. The legal concepts 'Presumption of Innocence' and 'Burden of Proof' were also in evidence during the trial they witnessed. They had the opportunity to closely observe arguments presented by the Prosecution and Defence, which gave them a greater appreciation for how lawyers use evidence and legal principles. Cross-examination of witnesses was an invaluable experience for students, with a variety of questioning techniques used to elicit relevant information - and how this proves or disproves the prosecution's case.

The sentencing process was another revelation. Judges used discretion to determine the appropriate punishment for the convicted offender. Firsthand, the students witnessed justice in action: how principles of sentencing, such as deterrence, rehabilitation, and retribution, are applied.

Overall, the excursion painted a cohesive picture of everything they have been learning in class. While our seniors thoroughly enjoyed the visit on the day, they will continue to draw upon this experience over the rest of the year as they participate in class and complete assessments.