Monday, 15 March 2010

You be the judge- online exercise

Here's something to waste a few minutes with. The Office for Criminal Justice Reform has created an online exercise where you can 'be the judge' in that you watch a trial online and then sentence the defendant. You can then compare your sentence with a real magistrate's decision.

Do it here: http://ybtj.cjsonline.gov.uk/

I watched the criminal damage case and imposed the same sentence as the magistrate although I think it is a bit harsh. It was interesting to see that the majority of people who had done the exercise gave him a more lenient sentence than the magistrate.

2 comments:

Amy said...

Oh, I only gave the poor fellow a fine! I don't think I'd be a very good magistrate....

Although I did want to punish him for his ugly sideburns.

Jake Phillips said...

I am with you on the sideburns!

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