Earlier this month, the Kilkenny College CSPE class visited the Criminal Courts of Justice on the corner of Parkgate Street and Infirmary Road in Dublin’s city centre.
We arrived early and had our lunch in the Phoenix Park. The group went into the building through security, where we were not allowed to bring drinks, or take any photographs whilst inside.
The class then met a barrister, Maeve Corbett, who took us to an empty courtroom and explained how a trial proceeds during the day.
We held a mock trial and each student was given a job. I was barrister for the prosecution.
I had to question the accused, witnesses and give opening and closing speeches. It was a good way of learning how a criminal case proceeds.
The group then had the opportunity to sit in on a murder trial. We listened to the partner of the deceased give an account of what she witnessed on the day. I found it very sad but very interesting.
We all enjoyed our trip and found it very informative. We now have a much better understanding of how criminal law works in Ireland.