Magistrates in the community, courts sentencing structure on knife crime


This workshop shows Years 9 and 10 students what courts do, how they operate and involves them in a decision.


This workshop provides the following:

  • generally fits PSHE (or similar) curriculum
  • social awareness of impact of sentencing in a court of law
  • awareness of impact of law on knife crime
  • teamworking – pupils work in threes as magistrates
  • schools already participating consistently seek further presentations each year
  • some public speaking in the classroom by participants
  • encourages pupils to be open and honest about their values
Service Description

The workshops are presented by experienced magistrates who are familiar with working in an educational environment.  The aim is help students identify what a magistrates court is and what magistrates do. This includes:

  • identifying what a magistrates court is and what magistrates do
  • pupils set into groups of three where practical
  • video presentation on sentencing structure
  • case study for pupils to consider
  • pupils engage in decision making and justifying their decision by addressing the whole group
  • discussion on values and opinions regarding knife crime, especially perceptions around carrying one in self-defence

Available in all areas in Lincolnshire, potentially starting in January 2021 for terms three, four and five depending on Government and local Covid guidelines.

Term six is reserved for primary schools only.

Presentation takes one hour or can be 50 minutes to meet varying school needs.

Where multiple groups are to be addressed whole day visits are preferred, i.e. up to five or six presentations in a single day for each group in the same academic year.


The workshops provide the following benefits:

  • a wholly interactive presentation that engages pupils in meaningful discussion
  • enable pupils to think positively about the impact of crime on them as victims and defendants
  • part of a national scheme that has consistency and available in most counties

This presentation is free of charge. However, when visiting for a full day please consider normal hosting arrangements for guests' lunch and refreshments.

Contact and how to book

Magistrates association

Please make contact as above and preferably not through the website.