Champions of Justice - keeping us safe - information for 5 to 7 year olds

When someone breaks the rules at school the teacher tells them what they have done is wrong.

They must make it better if they can and they may be punished by staying in at break or not doing something they like.

This is the same for older people.

parliament

The rules are set by Parliament. They are called laws.

crime

When people break the law it is called a crime. It is a crime to steal things or hurt people.

police

The police find people who break the law.

The police look for evidence to show what happened.

The Prosecutor decides if there is enough evidence to prove the person broke the law.

court

If there is enough evidence the Prosecutor will say the defendant (the person they think did the crime) must go to court.

The Prosecutor tells the court about the crime and the evidence.

The defendant has a defence lawyer to help him in court.

punishment

The court will decide if the defendant did the crime and decide what the punishment should be.

Find out what happened to Millie when she saw someone doing something wrong.

Millie's story

The Crime

Millie saw someone doing something wrong.

Call the police

Millie told her mum, who telephoned the police.

Telling the police what she saw

A Police Officer came and Millie told her what she had seen.

The Police Officer asked mum if Millie needed extra help when telling the court what she saw.

Sometimes the court can give extra help on the day you go to court. You might be able to talk to the court from another room.

Making a DVD

Soon after that, Millie went to the Police Station with her mum to make a DVD telling them what she saw.

Millie's mum was in the room next door when Millie made her DVD.

The Prosecutor.

The police caught the person Millie saw.

The Crown Prosecution Service Prosecutor looked at Millie's DVD and decided Millie should tell people in court what she saw.

The Court

Millie now has to go to court to say what she saw.

Before that, the Witness Care Officer arranged for Millie to look around the court.

There were some friendly people at court who showed Millie where she would sit and told her what would happen.

Refreshing her Memory

Before she goes to court, Millie watches the DVD that she has made with the Police Officer so she can remember what she said.

The Waiting Room

Millie will wait in the waiting room.

The Speaking Room

Millie will go into a special room with a TV set and a camera to talk to people in court.

Meeting the Prosecutor

The Prosecutor is the person who tells the court what happened. The Prosecutor will say "hello" to Millie and her mum before the court starts.

Millie's DVD in the Crown and Magistrates Courts

Millie's DVD will be shown to the people in court. She will then be asked questions about it.

The Live-Link Room

Millie's DVD tells the people in court what happened.

Millie knows that some people will ask her questions about what happened.

The court makes sure that Millie understands the questions.

Thank you, Millie

Everyone said "thank you" to Millie.

Mum was very proud of Millie.

Keeping Informed with the Trial

As promised, the Witness Care Officer told mum what had happened to the man Millie saw.

Glossary

Court
courtA place where decisions are made about the law.
Crime
crimeA Crime is something someone has done that breaks the law.
Defence Lawyer
defence lawyerDefence Lawyers are people trained in the law who defend the person accused of the crime in court.
Defendant
defendantA defendant is a person accused of a crime.
Evidence
evidenceEvidence is information that makes it clear that something happened.
 
Evidence can be things like someone saying they saw a crime happen, or blood on a weapon, or who did it.
Parliament
parliamentParliament makes laws and is responsible for law and order.
Prosecutor
prosecutorProsecutors are lawyers who represent the people. Prosecutors speak in court to accuse a person of a crime.
 
They show the court the evidence they have found.
They do this to protect the public.
Witness Care Officer
witness care officerA Witness Care Officer is someone who looks after witnesses during a court case.