Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Day 9

I am trying to catch up on our days because I am behind. Monday, we got to watch the Trooping of the Colour rehearsal. This has been a tradition for many years and it is a birthday celebration for the Queen. I believe the actual event will take place in June. We then went to King’s College and Dr. Thomas MacManus gave a lecture to us and compared the legal systems of our in the states to here in the UK. The most interesting thing I learned is the citizens here can personally prosecute someone if harm was done to them. All they need is sufficient evidence and need to get a warrant from a judge for the perpetrator to show up for court.
Today, we went and visited the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Then we then went to the Royal Inns of Justice, which is a criminal court and an appellate court. We watched an appellate court which the defendant was charged with multiple charges and the most severe was rape of a minor. They were challenging the sentence and the process due to the change of the Human Rights Act and the question of one particular juror on the jury. We then finished the day with the Legal Walk and got to see where the attorneys live. We are planning to get to bed really early tonight because tomorrow is the big day to Paris and we have to leave the Hotel at 430am. I’m so excited!

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