THE consequences of irresponsible driving will be laid bare in a mock court case aimed at educating Chester students on the workings of the legal system.
Cheshire County Council’s Road Safety Unit is holding the exercise at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday (November 5) in partnership with Cheshire Police and the College of Law.
Based around a fatal road collision in Chester, the case will explore the circumstances and consequences of irresponsible driving.
A group of sixth formers from Bishop Heber, The Bishop’s Blue Coat and Queen’s Park High will make up the jury while their classmates will observe the day-long trial.
The case will be presided over by Judge Elgin Edwards, Recorder of Chester while college students and Police Officers will act as expert witnesses.
The exercise is based on a real-life traffic collision following permission from the family involved. Names have been changed.
Highways and Transportation Executive Member Eveleigh Moore-Dutton said: “The mock trial will demonstrate how the criminal justice system operates and the roles of different agencies, while the details of the case will allow the students to examine different traffic offences and the consequent penalties.
“The process will be as true to life as possible to allow the students to establish their own views on how these collisions can be prevented and stress the importance of personal responsibility.”