Hertfordshire University debate hailed a success


University of Hertfordshire law students contested that ‘the prison system simply isn’t working’ during a tough debate with Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on Wednesday, 27 March 2013, as part of a competition to win a week of work experience.

The debating competition, a first for the University of Hertfordshire, saw two sets of its law students go head-to-head with members of the CPS, with the highest performing University team winning the unique work experience opportunity.

The law student team of Christopher Abrahams and Ramsha Visto proposed the motion: 'This House believes that prison simply isn't working,' with the CPS team of Amy Cook and Anna Clements responding, and the CPS team of Charlotte Fisher and Rhiannon Winter proposed the motion: 'This House believes that the law is an ass,' with the law student team of Lewis Gittens and Zainab Moosa responding.

Ralph Camp, Senior Lecturer and Solicitor from the School of Law commented: "This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to participate in a debate that will mimic real life experiences that they may encounter in their careers. I am pleased that the University had the opportunity to work with the CPS in this unique interaction between students and the professional world."

The overall debate winners were CPS team, Amy Cooke and Anna Clements.  The work experience was awarded to the best University team, which was Lewis Gittens and Zainab Moosa.

The judging panel comprised of HH Judge Stephen Gullick, Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern CPS, and Dr Klearchos Kyriakides, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern CPS said: "I was delighted to be a part of the judging panel for the inaugural Hertfordshire University Student Law Society debating competition. We hope that it continues on an annual basis for years to come.

"It is anticipated that the week of work experience will provide the students with an overview of the work of the CPS with observation sessions in the Magistrates' Courts and Crown Courts as well as time spent on a number of different teams.  Starting out in the legal profession is a daunting prospect and work experience is very important, but increasingly hard to come by."