Former Lord Justice of Appeal officially opened University Crown Courtroom

The University's crown courtroom “To have a judge of his calibre working with us is a real achievement." Scott Atkins, LLB Programme Leader

Sir John Mummery, a former Lord Justice of Appeal, visited the University on Thursday April 16 2015, to officially open the new Crown Courtroom. He also unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.

The new £80,000 facility is positioned within the law vicinity of the University and is an exact replica of a real courtroom. It will enable students on law courses, as well as those studying forensic science and criminology, to experience real world settings.

Sir John sat in the Court of Appeal for 17 years. Prior to that, he sat in the High Court. Scott Atkins, LLB Programme Leader said: “To have a judge of his calibre working with us is a real achievement. This year marks 20 years since we began awarding Bachelor of Law degrees at the University and we’ve had a courtroom at the University for most of that time. At the University of Derby we don’t just teach law, we want students to experience it in reality. The addition of this new courtroom underpins this philosophy.”

During his visit, Sir John also judged 'The Trial', a mock court case for students. Emily Heslop, final year LLB student said: “It was a great experience for me to be able to deliver a legal argument and showcase the advocacy skills that I’ve learned here in front of such an eminent member of the judiciary. The law degree at the University Derby embeds the learning of legal skills throughout it and there are numerous opportunities to showcase these.”

The Crown Courtroom is one of many major developments made by the University this year. Also recently completed is the new Forensic Training Facility (FTF) at the Kedleston Road site, which is a £410,000 custom-built facility within, what looks from the outside, to be a normal four bedroom house.