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Help solve a crime during Law Week

School students attending the Brisbane Magistrates Court’s Open Day on May 21 will be asked to help solve a “crime”.

They will be asked to use their wits to work out who has stolen $150,000 cash in the hypothetical crime within the court complex.

Open Day visitors taking part in the interactive Catch a Criminal session will be able to use crime analysis software, as used by the Queensland Police Service, to map the crime and identify suspects.

They will also be asked to study suspects’ body language to work out who is guilty. Catch a Criminal is being staged by Queensland University of Technology’s law and justice students as part of Queensland Law Week celebrations from May 16 to May 21.

The aim is to give school students an insight into what they would learn if studying for a Justice degree.

A QUT spokesperson said justice graduates went on to careers with the police service, intelligence and security agencies, customs, crime authorities and other bodies.

A Department of Justice spokesperson said this year’s Law Week 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.

At the Brisbane Magistrates Court Open Day, visitors will be invited to watch mock
trials and mediations; gain advice on how to draw up a will or resolve a neighbourhood dispute; and learn about the workings of the Murri Court for Indigenous people.

State Reporting Bureau staff will explain the techniques that enable court reporters 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, the 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, Bond University
and the University of Queensland to discuss options for people who may be interested in studying law.

Catch a Criminal will take place on level 7, court 34 of the Brisbane Magistrates
Court, George Street, Brisbane, from 11.30am to 12.15pm on Saturday, May 21.
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Last reviewed
19 May 2011
Last updated
5 November 2015
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