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Cross justice initiative swaps courtroom for classroom


Nov 25, 2020

A cross justice initiative is taking the lessons of the courtroom in to the classroom.

A sheriff principal and three lawyers are to provide a Q&A session using a virtual platform for secondary pupils in their local area.  

The panel will comprise Sheriff Principal Aisha Anwar; solicitor Matthew McGovern of New Generation Lawyers; Mark Lutton of Optimum Advocates; and Procurator Fiscal Depute Mairi-Clare McMillan.

Sheriff Principal Anwar said: “At a time when work experience activities for pupils are severely restricted, we are working together in Hamilton to use the technology available to open up the classroom to new experiences. We are delighted to offer these pupils a glimpse into the legal world and hope that it will inspire some to consider a career in the law.”

Matthew McGovern said: “New Generation Lawyers are a group of new and aspiring criminal lawyers aiming to represent the next generation of criminal practitioners. We are keen to encourage pupils and students to consider a career in criminal law and this event offers a fantastic opportunity for pupils to gain an insight into the criminal justice system. We are extremely encouraged by Sheriff Principal Anwar’s commitment to the next generation of criminal lawyers.”

Depute Head Teacher of Holy Cross High School Carla Fagan said: “Having the opportunity to listen to, discuss with and ask questions of legal experts will not only be of significant benefit to all of our young people, but intellectually demanding and challenging. As such, this careers event is of the highest quality and exactly what our future law students require at this stage of their school career.”

Pupils from Hamilton Grammar; Hamilton College and Holy Cross High School will attend the session this evening.

25 November 2020