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Hansel and Gretel to plead self defence

Hansel and Gretel will face the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday May 21 to plead self defence in the Gingerbread House murder case.

The mock trial will be staged by QUT law students as part of this year’s Law Week celebrations (May 16-21) when Queenslanders are invited to take a look inside the State’s justice system.

A highlight of the week will be the Brisbane Magistrates Court Open Day on Saturday May 21.

The QUT students recently rehearsed their roles, in costume, at the Banco Court, under the watchful eye of Queensland Chief Justice Paul de Jersey.

A Department of Justice spokesperson said this year’s celebrations, on the theme Law and Justice in Your Community, would give Queenslanders a chance to tour court facilities and gain information about justice at work.

Law Week highlights include:

  • May 16: Legal professionals and students are encouraged to take part in the Walk for Justice in Brisbane or Townsville to help raise funds and promote pro bono (not for fee) work by lawyers. Visit for more information.
  • May 16 and May 21: Learn about courtroom procedures and the mock trial of Hansel and Gretel, to be staged by QUT students at the Gympie Courthouse (May 16) and the Brisbane Magistrates Court (May 21).
  • May 16-18: Delve into Brisbane’s criminal past by joining barrister Ralph Devlin for evening bus tours of the city’s major crime scenes. Email for more information or to register.
  • May 19: Attend a panel discussion at Ipswich Courthouse on how to assist victims of crime in Queensland.
  • May 21: Take a guided tour of Brisbane Magistrates Court as part of the Open Day.

At the Brisbane Magistrates Court Open Day, 10am-2pm, on Saturday, May 21, visitors will be invited to:

  • Plan for the future by gaining practical advice from a succession solicitor about how to draw up a will;  Discover who was to blame for Humpty Dumpty going to pieces. A mock trial
    by Bond University law students, in conjunction with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, will discover whether Humpty’s employer was negligent in allowing him to sit on a wall;
  • Find out how to solve a crime. A Catch a Criminal interactive session by QUT students will invite participants to survey a crime scene, analyse evidence, employ the latest crime technology and observe suspects’ body language;
  • Become familiar with the workings of the Murri Court for Indigenous people;
  • Observe mock mediations illustrating alternative dispute resolution methods;
  • Gain an understanding of the techniques that enable State Reporting Bureau staff to take down proceedings at more than 200 words a minute;

Other organisations to be represented at the Open Day included the Office of the Public Trustee, Legal Aid Queensland, Queensland Law Society, the Bar Association of Queensland, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Caxton Legal Centre.

Representatives will also be on hand from QUT, Griffith University and Bond University to discuss options for people who may be interested in studying law.

Contact your local courthouse for more details or visit

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Last reviewed
19 May 2011
Last updated
5 November 2015
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