Justice Week, running from 24-28 February was an initiative set up in 2018, the aim of which is to improve access to justice by boosting the profile of justice and the rule of law, placing them at the centre stage of public and political debate.
We teamed up with Hull University to address the major threats and attacks on the judiciary which are currently undermining our democracy. Hull University students were invited to enter into an essay competition titled “What is the biggest threat to UK justice in 2020 and what can be done to remedy this?”. The winning entry by Joel Hutchinson is published below. (see link)
To increase the students understanding of how the law works they were also invited to partake in a plea in mitigation competition based upon a fictional Crown Court scenario. The winner, Katherine Coates was awarded a week marshalling with HHJ Hirst to allow an insight into how the justice system works from a judge’s perspective.
Finally, law clinics were arranged for students to attend one to one appointments with one of our very own practising barristers. These clinics were aimed at answering any queries students may have about their desired career path or to provide help with CVs/applications.