Week 4 was quite an eye-opening week for me.
The highlights would have had to of been going to court. Even though going to court doesn’t sound the very “positive”, it was more of an eye-opener. We got to see what real cases were like. My group went into only two cases, but it was still enough to understand somethings, for example I thought the judges wouldn’t be as sympathetic or as down to earth as they were, but that is probably just a misconception from tv shows and movies.
I also went to Old Melbourne Gaol, which brought up a lot of ethical dilemmas, which made me think that justice is very strongly tied to ethics. We also spoke to a jail guard and we found out, that the goal of jails haven’t changed at all, just the way they go about it.
The lowlight of the week would probably have also been going to court, because it didn’t feel very appropriate going into people’s cases, which must to have been quite personal for them. I’m not quite sure how I would feel if a group of teenagers just walked into my case, I’d probably feel like I’m some kind of public amusement.