Enter Your First Mock Trial With Centennial College

Enter Your First Mock Trial With Centennial College

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♫♪ MUSIC ♪♫ [Isaiah Thomas – Centennial Student] Hi my name is Isaiah Thomas. I’m in the Police Foundations program and here we are at Old City Hall. And we’re doing the Mock Trial. [Krystal Lee Kam – Centennial Student] Being in a court room, it’s real. It gives you that opportunity to feel what it’s like in a real life situation. Today I look like a lawyer. It’s good experience. I’m very excited. All rise. [David P. Cole – Honourable Justice] Alright, who’s going to open up. Crown? [Judy Hermann – Professor] Having the opportunity to actually run a mock court in a actual courtroom where the sights and the sounds and the smells and everything is as real as it gets is an amazing experience. [Ameerah Gaeid – Centennial Student] I think it’s a little bit intimidating at first when you walk in, but definitely a great, once in a lifetime experience to come here and get to actually have a mock trial in front of a real judge. We ask, your honour, to find the accused guilty on all charges. Thank you, your honour. We gave students an opportunity to come together and share with each other their knowledge of their own individual sectors of the criminal justice system. What amounted to a collaborative effort on the part of students from the Community and Justice Services program, Police Foundations program, Law Clerk and Paralegal programs from Centennial and learn from each other how those sectors intersect. [Howie Page – Professor] They now have the experience and been able to see what actually happens in a courtroom. They’re able to live the experience of what a police officer actually has to go through. What a defence counsel has to go through. What a crown has to go through. Finally, there’s the other important roles in a trial. There’s what the administration staff have to do. The court clerk, the court stenographer. Our programs at Centennial College all address these different roles within the judiciary and it was important today that all the four programs, and the students involved in the four programs, were able to see that and work together in front of an actual judge. My judgement of the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. That’s my final. Thank you. [Julia Jones – Centennial Student] Being there, up on the stand, gives me a feel of what it’ll be like in the future. It was pretty exciting. [Angelo Theodotos – Centennial Student] We all need to work together, right. Co-operate with each other and just know where everyone is at. It was quite amazing. I think it was great in terms of getting to know other people from different programs because in our Paralegal program we’re basically there five times a week with the same group of people, so it was great to see some new faces. Get to know some people. And also get to take a new perspective of learning. [Applause] [END]

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