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Court VisitReportLegal Methods &SystemsEssay Combined – JudgesAssignment topic:The function of the judge ina criminal case. Explain the process of how all judges are appointed. Whatwas the system before, what is the system now? Why did it change?Issues in relation to ethnicity, gender and class. Does this matter? Whatcould be the issues if it does?
Part AI attended The Blackfriars Crown Court (1-15 Pocock Street, London, SE10BT) on the 5thof November 2018 for a couple of hours, where I observedthe proceeding in the case of Mr George Henry Lawler who was chargedfor repeated burglaries. From what I could understand during the hearing,he did not commit all these acts on his own but in complicity with otheryoung people, and the case was named ‘The Garage Conspiracy’.The burglaries were consistent and were reported to be mainly Councilgoods. The first case of burglary committed by Mr Lawler was heard in theSouthwark Crown Court but because of the value of the losses the casehad to be heard in the Blackfriars Crown Court as well. The defendant didnot seem to be older than 23-24 years, White British, quite friendly andpleasant individual. I could understand from the discussion the barristershad with the judge in relation to his case, that Mr Lawler pleaded guilty.Because of the lack of concrete evidences on the day, the sentence in hiscase could not be given until later that week but, unfortunately, I was notable to attend the court.TheLegal Clerkwas a woman named Chloe, a nice appearance but verysharp at the same time, I would say in her early 30s, who had a very goodknowledge of what was meant to be prepared for the day. She wasextremely supportive for the prosecution barrister who had few requestsbefore the trial. She questioned why I was attending the case that day andwas happy to give me more information about was I was going to see.Advice also about the procedures I had to follow during the trial.TheCourt Usher1was an amicable young man, dark skinned, mid 20s,who had an important role in the court from what I could observe. Heprepared the courtroom for the day including laying out papers, providingdrinking water and arranging seating. During the hours I spent in the courtI could see him passing messages between the Clerk and the defence andprosecution barristers and overal he made sure that the discipline ismaintained in the court room.1Court Usher | Job Guides |https://www.inputyouth.co.uk/jobguides/job-courtusher.html
I was able to visit a Court for the first time and the experience was aninteresting one. Because there were not enough evidences for the case tobe sentenced on the same day, I paid a lot of attention to the barristersand the judge as there was no jury for this trial. There were solidarguments that the prosecution barrister (female, White British, mid 40s,exceptional social and educational background) presented to the judge(White British, in his late 50s) and the way she presented it was veryconfident and concise. She introduced herself to the judge in the firstinstance and then she summarised Mr Lawler’s case. The prosecutionbarrister had an answer for all the judges’ questions and from my point ofview she fulfilled her role fully. The defence barrister (White British Male,late 40s, presentable, professional and high educated) also had fewobjections, but I was impressed to see the balance in the dialogue and theadequate language him and the prosecution barrister both used in orderto express their opinions.Part BJudges have had an important role in interpreting and upholding the lawfor more than 1000 years if we have a look at the evolution of the legalsystem in England and Welsh. What judges do is use their knowledge andexperience of law to make sure that a trial is conducted in a fair and legalway. The roles played by judges are different in each type of legal case. Ajudge2is an elected or appointed official who conducts court proceedings.Judges must be impartial and strive to properly interpret the meaning,significance, and implications of the law. In the Crown Court, the role ofthe judge is to hear criminal cases, alongside with a jury (in majority ofthe cases), who’s role is to support the judge’s decision to sentence withadequate evidences if the defendant pleads as guilty.In the United Kingdom, Judges are appointed and have been sothroughout history. In England and Wales, court and tribunal judges areappointed by the independent Judicial AppointmentsCommission sincearound 2006. It was established under theConstitutional Reform Act 2005 (c.4)3.The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is consisting of somejudges but in majority lay persons. In order to be appointed, there arerequired different levels of experience for each tier of the judiciary. Mostjudges are former barristers, a significant number are former solicitorsand a small number are retired legal academics.2The role of the Judge | The National Archivers<https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/CrimeJusticeAndTheLaw/Thejudicialsystem/DG_181788 >3Constitutional Reform Act. 2005 c.4 < https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/4/contents>
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