Drug trafficking offences in Oxfordshire have increased by 51% in the past 2 years and this increase is attributable to the phenomenon of “County Lines”. This involves urban gangs moving class A drugs and cash between inner city hubs and provincial areas, recruiting young people to sell drugs in rural areas. The increase in drugs crime is also importing more knife crime. Two Oxford judges will give an insight into these two major areas of concern.
The evening is being organised by Getting Court, Oxford, a charity which was set up 4 years ago to introduce students aged 13 and upwards to the Crown Court and for them to see justice being done. Getting Court started by taking groups of about 15 students to court once a month, and now there are two sessions per week. By visiting Court young people can see for themselves that ‘the authorities’ – the police, the prison and court officers, the probation services and the lawyers and judges serve their communities by protecting them. It may make some think about a career in the court service, the law or the police. Also, the experience of seeing a ‘live’ court case might help young people make the right decisions before finding themselves the wrong side of the line.
Tuesday 4 June @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
5.30pm Event starts, welcome drink
6.00pm Talk by the Honorary Recorder of Oxford, HH Judge Ian Pringle Q.C. on knife crime
6.10pm Talk by HH Judge Peter Ross on County Lines
6.20pm Talk by Cheryl West, headteacher of Meadowbrook College, Abingdon
6.30pm Talk by a student
7.15pm Event finishes
Getting Court is funded by donations which are held and managed by Oxfordshire Community Foundation.