You be the Judge
You can try sentencing for yourself by going to You be the Judge online.
You be the Judge puts you in the judge’s seat. You will get to choose from eight real life court cases, you will hear the facts of the case, and the aggravating and mitigating factors, then you will decide the sentence.
Finally you get to see how your sentence compares to the one handed out by the judge in the real case.
This interactive experience will give you an insight into how judges and magistrates reach their decisions and how they use sentencing guidelines to help them with what is the right sentence for a criminal offence.
Links to the relevant sentencing guidelines used for each of the court case scenarios on You be the Judge can be found below along with a link to the court case scenario.
BurglaryBurglary court case on You be the Judge
Alexander Jackson, 26, has been found guilty of breaking into and stealing from a family’s house.
Criminal damageVandalism court case on You be the Judge
Robert Horton, 23, has been found guilty of scratching three cars and spraying graffiti on a garage door.
Possession of drugs with intent to supplyDrug dealing court case on You be the Judge
Rebecca Edwards, 28, has been found guilty of having more than 300 ecstasy pills, which she was going to sell.
ManslaughterManslaughter court case on You be the Judge
David Chichester, 56, has been found guilty of punching a motorist, causing his death.
MurderMurder court case on You be the Judge
Connor Davies, 30, has been found guilty of beating an old man to death.
No guideline. The framework for sentencing murder is contained in the:
Robbery (adult offender)Mugging court case on You be the Judge
Andrew Roberts, 35, has been found guilty of robbing a young woman’s handbag at knife point.
Robbery (young offender)Teen crime court case on You be the Judge
Robert J., 15, has been found guilty of robbing a mobile phone and money off a smaller boy.
Threatening behaviourThreatening behaviour court case on You be the Judge
Chris Williams, 19, has been found guilty of threatening an old lady who lives in his neighbourhood.