A new Skype-based outreach scheme that gives young schools students the opportunity to ask a Supreme Court justice questions will launch this month.


As reported by Legal Cheek, the new ‘Ask a Justice’ programme offers students with a keen interest in law a unique opportunity to have a live Q&A with one of the courts 12 judges, from their own classroom.


The UK’s top court trialled the programme across six schools last year. Following positive feedback it has decided to proceed with an official launch.


The scheme involves the opportunity for students to have a one-to-one informal chat with a justice about their career experiences, while also learning about the Supreme Court’s role within the legal system. The aim of the scheme is to help students aged 14-18 who may struggle to get to Westminster to see the court in person.


Supreme Court president, Lady Hale, told Legal Cheek:


“We hope to reach out to young people far beyond our courtrooms here in London, who might otherwise find it difficult to visit us. My colleagues and I are looking forward to talking with the students who, no doubt, will have some very interesting questions for us.”


The 30-minute sessions will start at the end of February. It will offer ten students the opportunity to speak for approximately three minutes each with a pre-assigned justice.  

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