Court in Action

Looking for a unique legal learning opportunity for your students? Court in Action is an immersive court education project for secondary schools in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Commissioned and funded by the Police & Crime Commissioner and overseen by the Local Criminal Justice Board, the project offers an exciting introduction to the Criminal Justice System for young people aged 11-16.


The project

Educators will be able to access a free and flexible online toolkit containing:

  • Information about the Criminal Justice System for teachers
  • Guidance on how to organise a local court visit
  • A framework for running your own classroom mock trial
  • Ready-to-use lesson plans

Students will also have the chance to visit working courts in Truro, Plymouth and Exeter, where they can meet judges, ask them questions and sit in on a live trial.

You do not have to be teaching law to deliver this in your school or know anything about the law – we have designed the content to be accessible to any subject lead in your school.



Project benefits

Court in Action is a great opportunity to teach about the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberties.

Students will learn about how the criminal justice system works, including the role of judges and barristers and how sentences are determined. They will also explore the personal and social consequences of crime.


Get involved

To get started, fill in our baseline survey for teachers here. Once you complete the survey, we will send you a link to access the online toolkit.

Interested in a court visit? Get in touch with us at


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