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Students meet judges virtually at ‘Judicial Question Time’ event

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Jordan Holder, Enterprise Co-ordinator at New Anglia LEP; His Honour Judge Kwame Inyundo; Tribunal Judge Thaira Bibi and District Judge (Magistrates' Court) Briony Clarke

Secondary school students from Ipswich enjoyed meeting and questioning three judges about their roles in an online discussion.

The ‘Careers and Coffee’ Judicial Question Time event was organised by the Judicial Office and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Judges have previously led similar sessions in person but as a result of COVID-19 restrictions conducted this on a virtual platform. This allowed students, and members of the public, to watch the livestreamed event. A recording of it is available to view on YouTube.

The judges – His Honour Judge Kwame Inyundo, Tribunal Judge Thaira Bibi and District Judge (Magistrates’ Court) Briony Clarke – gave viewers a fascinating insight into their daily judicial lives and careers.

Topics discussed included how they became a judge, obstacles they have overcome and the cases they deal with. Students asked them about their career paths, and the judges gave advice to those students seeking to enter the law.

Jordan Holder, Enterprise Co-ordinator at New Anglia LEP, said: “Our Careers and Coffee show presents an exciting opportunity for young people across our community to see and speak with local figures they would never normally interact with.

“Many of our students may never have the chance to meet a judge and have only experienced the courts through television and film depictions. This event helps them to see the judiciary as a real and tangible profession, and we hope will inspire many of them to consider law as a future career.”

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