Burton Copeland are pleased to confirm that several of their solicitors will be devoting time to taking part in the Courts of Justice (Manchester) Programme run by the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law.

The scheme involves taking primary school children into the courtroom at Manchester Crown Court and giving them a view of the criminal justice system at work by way of mock trials, and by discussions with lawyers and one time offenders.

The areas of particular focus are to demonstrate to children who may be at risk of committing crime in the future that crime has consequences both for the victim and the offender. The project also seeks to create an understanding of the dangers of being drawn into crime and the concept of “joint enterprise”.

750 children experienced phase 1 of the scheme and a further 837 are scheduled to attend phase 2.

Results from phase 1 show very promising outcomes with for example 87% of the children now having an understanding of the kind of career opportunities available in the law, and a massive reduction in those thinking crime was a good idea (down from 36% to 0% after attending the project).

In Phase 2 Robert Moussalli (head of our Youth Court department), Nick Terry (drivingoffence.com) and James Donohue and Anthony Smith (crown court department) will all be assisting at various of the sessions throughout the school summer term.