A Trial Run

About the program

Within the setting of a historic police station and courthouse, this program gives students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the interrelationships between the law and society.

Selected museum collection items are used to explain how the laws that govern society are developed, implemented and enforced. Students look at evidence that highlights how laws have evolved to reflect changing societal values and consider what it would have been like awaiting trial in the holding cells. They also study the symbolism of the courtroom and learn about the traditions and structure of the NSW legal system.

A highlight of the program is the mock trial during which students assume the roles of various court officials to work through the processes and etiquette of a Local Court hearing of either a drink-driving or prohibited drug case. To add to the impact and authenticity of the experience, where possible, a prosecutor from the NSW Police Prosecutions Command will attend the trial to act as the Magistrate and talk to students about their role.

Corner Albert and Phillip streets, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 9252 1144

Justice & Police Museum

Corner Albert and Phillip streets, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 9252 1144
  • Wheelchair accessible
Cost (GST free)
From $200 for up to 20 students

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90 minutes

Session offered
Monday to Friday
Maximum students
50 per session
Supervision ratios

The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge

Additional visitor costs

Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $12