Students studying law modules need to understand all aspects of the legal profession. At GSM London, the law department regularly invites people involved in the profession to share their experiences with students. This month, Gerard Franks, Magistrate and full-time civil servant of 29-years, came to our Greenwich campus to give an insight into his role. Over 80 students attended the talk – including those studying LLB, legal studies and business law.
Gerard has sat as a magistrate in Kent for 15 years, primarily in an adult court. During the talk, he explained the remit of a magistrate (also known as a JP and which is a voluntary role); the procedures of the court and gave an overview of the cases – including how judgement was made and sentencing passed. It was then followed by a lively question and answer session.
Gerard said: ‘I’ve spoken at GSM London before and was keen to come back. I am not a regular public speaker, however, I get a lot out of doing this as I am talking about something that I am passionate about.’
Importantly, the students who attended found it relevant and informative. Feedback included: ‘I am a business student and this definitely applies to business law’ and ‘It was to the point and a good overview’.