Life as a magistrate takes Lapwings’ members to court

Formation of a new WI group in Papplewick, The Lapwings. Pictured signing the official documents are from left Federation Chairman Jane Jefferson, president of the new group Debbie Perkins and vice president Janet Stevenson

Formation of a new WI group in Papplewick, The Lapwings. Pictured signing the official documents are from left Federation Chairman Jane Jefferson, president of the new group Debbie Perkins and vice president Janet Stevenson

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At the latest meeting of Lapwings WI, guest speaker, local magistrate Mr Bob Gow treated members to a very informative and interesting insight into the history of the bench and the work of a magistrate.

This included the selection process, the kinds of crimes dealt with in a magistrate’s court and sentencing.

Members then took part in a mock trial, enacting roles such as Chair of the bench, prosecutor and defending solicitor. The defendant was eventually found not guilty of shoplifting!

 

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