Old Bailey Work Experience
Owen Proctor ( Year 12 AS Law student) spent a day as Marshal to his Honour Judge Peter Rook QC in Court One of the Old Bailey in London. Court One has been used for many famous criminal trials including those of the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, Ruth Ellis and the novelist Jeffrey Archer.
Judge Rook welcomed Owen and his Law teacher, Margaret Watson, to his office and gave them a short tour of the relevant court rooms followed by an interesting discussion about various aspects of Criminal Law before the court went into session.
Owen later described the visit as follows;
“ It was an amazing experience sitting next to the judge in such a famous courtroom. The trial concerned a murder from 1997 and involved two rival gangs. The defendant had been extradited from the United States. I saw the cross-examination of witnesses, discussion about circumstantial evidence, the judge clarifying evidence for the jury and the examination of artefacts including a mask, scarf and bag. A face portrait composite of one of the suspects was also presented to the jury. I am grateful to Judge Rook for giving me this opportunity to see the Criminal Justice System in operation at the highest level. It has inspired me to continue my Law Studies at a higher level. “