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.

Key information


Justice & Police Museum
Corner Albert and Phillip streets
Circular Quay, Sydney NSW 2000
Bookings +61 2 8239 2211

Cost (GST free)
From $200 for up to 20 students

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