Old Bailey Crown Criminal Court

Courts have always been a big interest of mine. Experiencing how the judicial system works and how punishments are formed is so intriguing. Earlier in the week we traveled to another courthouse in London called the Highbury Magistrates Court which is for lower level offenses and although that was quite the experience comparing their Magistrates Court to the U.S, I was so excited to go to the Old Bailey. The Old Bailey tries some of the most horrendous offenses in the UK. Judge Joseph, a longstanding judge at the Old Bailey that we got to speak to before our tour began stated “it’s the most popular court in the World,” she also mentioned that on an everyday basis the most crimes she tries are murders and went on to tell us a few of them. Courtroom number thirteen is the courtroom we got to sit in that day and what I heard that day is never what I could’ve imagined. It was horrific. I won’t go into too much detail but the UK is going through a knife epidemic, similar to the U.S’s gun epidemic and the case involved two male defendants aged 17 and 18 and the murder of an 18 year old. Although the case was a lot to handle I learned so much about their judicial system, how their trials are run and even about the UK’s culture. I even went back when the tour was over when we had free time to proceed listening to the case.

U.S Embassy London

The U.S Embassy was beautiful inside and out and filled with some of the coolest, most intelligent people I have ever met. The U.S has many embassies across the World, the purpose of these embassy is to help to preserve and protect the relationship between the host country, being the UK where we were and the U.S. During our tour of the Embassy we gratefully got lectures from seven of their agencies about what each agency is responsible for and what they do on a daily basis and how they got to where they are today. Each agency was unique in their own way and they opened our eyes to some of the myths ordinary people have about secret service agents and helped us understand what they actually do on an everyday basis. The lectures consisted of agents from the Regional Security Office (RSO), Homeland Security Investigation more formally known as ICE, the FBI, the DEA, the Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS), the IRS and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). All of these agencies were very interesting and knowledgeable and one of my favorite parts of the trip.