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Magistrates’ Court hosts Easter camp

Primary school children got a lesson in Bermuda's justice system last week.

The youngsters from West Pembroke Primary School visited Magistrates' Court as part of their Easter camp, “Unforgettable Moments”.

Mateo Marsh, 10, said: “I feel excited that we get to go to the court because it's not every day that we get to go to the court. I learnt what not to do and what I should do.”

Milan Gibbons-Thomas added she enjoyed the visit.

She said: “I learnt not to do bad things, not to talk when the judge is talking and to do the things I am supposed to do.”

The eight-year-old was the only girl in the group of pupils.

Dakayo Leverock, 11, added he learnt to “stay out of trouble”.

The youngsters also got the chance to talk to senior magistrate Juan Wolffe — once a pupil at West Pembroke Primary School — and other court staff.

The group gave Mr Wolffe and other court staff report cards to mark the work they do.

Mr Wolffe said he was impressed with the intelligence and manners of the schoolchildren.

He told school staff: “It was an absolute pleasure to have your students. If this is Bermuda's future, our future looks very bright.”

Wendell Smith, the deputy principal of the school, said the visits were “a really good learning experience” for the children.

He added: “The reason I bring them to court is for them to learn what not to do, to be proactive, to stop them from getting into trouble because people are here for a number of offences.”

Mr Wolffe also allowed the youngsters the chance to take pictures in the courtroom after the session ended.

Mr Smith said: “He took time out of his schedule after court to let every single child take a photo with his wig and his robe and to declare if someone was guilty or not guilty.”

He added the children also learnt the importance of good manners on the visit.

Mr Smith said: “It was a real lesson for them about the law and social graces.”

The children also got the chance to learn about the roles of the prosecutor, defence lawyers and probation officers and were given a tour of Hamilton Police Station, also housed in the Dame Lois Browne-Evans Building.

The Easter camp was designed to give pupils the chance to take part in activities such as cooking, fishing, bowling, football and cricket.

The children also visited Dockyard to play mini-golf.

Mr Smith said another camp is scheduled for July and that it will be open to children outside of the West Pembroke area.

Special visitors: senior magistrate Juan Wolffe shares a laugh with West Pembroke Primary students who visited Magistrates' Court recently (Photograph submitted)

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Published April 11, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated April 11, 2019 at 8:45 am)

Magistrates’ Court hosts Easter camp

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