High Court judge lays down the law to Lincoln students

Lincoln College A-Level students were able to quiz a High Court judge on the legal system at a Q&A session on November 18.

Lady Justice Thirlwall was joined by the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Mackay, and Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Neil Rhodes, at the event in Sessions House.

In addition to answering the students’ questions, all three outlined their duties and responsbilities to residents in the county.

Law student Amber Burnett said: “The discussions were really inspiring, the evening gave me real insight into the different roles.

“It was interesting to find out how the High Court judge got to where she is today.”

Student Amanda Riches said: “It was really useful for us as students and a great opportunity to hear Lady Justice Thirlwall’s views on the topics that we are studying.

“I think it’s really nice that she made time to come and speak to us, it has definitely inspired me.”

The guests were given a guided tour of Sessions House where they learned about the history of the former city courthouse and jail, before enjoying a meal prepared by catering and hospitality students, in the current Sessions House restaurant.

The High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Mackay, said: “We had a tremendous evening at Sessions.

“After a stimulating question and answer session in the beautifully restored former magistrates’ court which gives the restaurant its name, we sat down to a delicious meal, prepared and served to the highest standards.

“A quick visit to the kitchen and a final discussion gave us the chance to thank and congratulate these talented young people and their dedicated tutors. The students’ enthusiasm for their studies shone through, and touched us all.”

Managing Director of Education and Training, Mark Locking said: “Having Lady Justice Thirlwall, accompanied by the High Sheriff and Chief Constable for Lincolnshire, dine with us at the college was a great honour.

“A-Level Law students enjoyed hearing about the life and challenges of a High Court judge, High Sheriff and Chief Constable.

“It has inspired them further to follow their chosen career paths, with a number of them commenting that it is their ambition to become judges and police officers.”