VISITORS had the chance to go behind the scenes at Gloucester’s historic Crown Court to watch mock trials and visit the cells.
The courtrooms threw open its doors on Saturday to give the to give the public a better insight into how the criminal justice system works.
Gloucester’s Presiding Judge Jamie Tabor took part in a question and answer session to educate visitors on how police, probation, victim support and other relevant agencies work together to deliver justice.
They also viewed mock trials and sentencings, had their finger prints taken, and met the dog handler.
Dawn Lane, who organised the open day, said: “We wanted to showcase the courtroom to visitors and show them how all the partner agencies work together to deliver justice.”
“People who have come feel more educated and have a greater understanding of how it works, which is what the day is all about. It’s useful for them to know what a courtroom feels like.”
Visitors were also educated on the history of the courtroom, how they can set up a neighborhood watch scheme and the work of Victim’s Support.
City centre community sergeant El Lakin, who was showing visitors how DNA is taken from suspects, said: “The whole aim of the day is to educate people about the criminal justice system and to give people who have never visited a courtroom before the chance to visit.”
“When people learn about how the system works alot of their fears are dispelled. We’ve had a really positive response.”
Judge Tabor said: “I’m passionate that everyone in Gloucestershire understands how our criminal justice system works. Today has been valuable because many visitors have never been in a courtroom before, and now they have a deeper understanding about the work we do.
“We’ve had a terrific turnout, and if the people of Gloucestershire want to do the same thing next year, we should do it again.”