Be A Justice 2019

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These workshops have proved very popular and are filling up fast. If you missed out, don’t worry because you can still visit the Supreme Court and take part in the Open Day and enjoy the other free activities on offer. You don’t need to book to attend the Open Day - you can just turn up on the day. More information can be found here.

An interactive discussion of a schools attendance case.

Have you ever wanted to know how decisions are made at the Supreme Court?

During the workshops, you will discuss and debate a real-life case which came before the Judges here at the Supreme Court. How did the case make it to the final court of appeal? What were the issues at stake? Why and how did the judges reach their decision and what were the implications of the judgment? Do you agree with the final outcome? How would you have voted on this case if you were a Supreme Court Justice?

This interactive workshop, led by Dr. David Yuratich, a lecturer in Law at Royal Holloway University of London is suitable for participants age 14 years and above with no prior knowledge of law.

You will look at case of Isle of Wight Council v Platt. Mr Platt wanted to take his daughter on holiday. As the prices are much more expensive during school holidays, he decided to take her out of school for a holiday during term-time even though the school had refused him permission to do so. The local authority issued a fine under the Education Act 1996 because he had caused his daughter to fail to attend school regularly. Mr Platt refused to pay the fine and he successfully argued before Magistrates that, because his daughter had very good attendance, she was still attending school ‘regularly’ and that he had done nothing wrong. The Council appealed and the case ended up in the Supreme Court, which was asked to decide what the ‘regular attendance’ means under the Education Act 1996 https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2016-0155-press-summary.pdf

You’ll learn about the role of the Supreme Court, discuss the case with a legal expert, see Court footage and gain insights into the decision making process.

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How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please call 0207 960 1900/1500 with any enquiries Monday -Friday 9am -5pm or email enquiries@supremecourt.uk

This workshop is free but advanced booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Ticket holders must arrive 15 minutes early to the Lawyers' Suite to avoid places being reallocated. Allow 20 minutes for queueing and to pass through airport style security.




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