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A-level students’ online tour of Supreme Court

Coleg Sir Gâr A-level students on the college’s More Able and Talented programme (MAT), took part in a virtual tour of the Supreme Court in London as well as having an introduction to working as a judicial assistant.

The UK Supreme Court is the highest court of appeal in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland which deals with criminal and civil law.

Simon Josiffe, information officer at the court, shared the court’s layout and history and what kind of cases they deal with.

He talked about separation of powers, the reform act, how justices are appointed, women in law such as Cornelius Sorabji who was the first woman to sit the bachelor of civil laws exam at Oxford University.

Students were also placed in legal scenarios and asked law and justice related questions to determine a legal outcome.

The court deals with many high-profile cases which are featured in national press as well as cases such as tax, murder and child abduction.

Alessandro Forzani, a judicial assistant and Cambridge graduate who is allocated to a lord or lady justice, gave an insight into his work at the Supreme Court, summarising cases, researching points of law and applying his legal knowledge and experience as a lawyer.

He also explained the various routes into law which include A-levels as well as degree conversion and post-graduate courses.

Angharad Mansfield, A-level lecturer at Coleg Sir Gâr said: “The session was very informing and students were encouraged to engage and ask questions.

“Being given the opportunity to talk to a law professional of such high calibre was a wonderful experience and students have been encouraged to read the cases on the Supreme Court’s website which are open to the public.”