By Connie Osborne Thursday 10 October 2013 Updated: 11/10 09:52
MORE than 700 residents packed into Redditch Magistrates' court as part of its official open day.
Visitors flocked to the Grove Street site on Saturday, October 5, to experience behind the scenes of the justice system.
NEW college students, lawyers and magistrates brought the court to life by taking part in a live mock trial which covered an alleged assault and showed how and why a defendant is sentenced.
Speakers from organisations including the Probation Service, West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership and homeless charity St Basil's were on hand to educate people on issues such as protecting young people online, understanding substance use and domestic abuse.
Those attending were also treated to a tour of the prison cells and a had a seat on a prison van.
Caroline Jephcott, Justice of the Peace, said: "We were thrilled with the interest. You see so much in the press about crime and it can make people worried.
"We wanted to show people what is really happening in the justice system and make it entertaining at the same time. I think people thoroughly enjoyed the trial especially, it gave a real insight."
She added she hoped to have another open day in the next couple of years and thanked GEOAmey which deliver prisoner escort custody services (PECS) for its help on the day.
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