If it weren’t for the school pupil wearing a rather voluminous blonde wig, Obiter would have thought the Attorney General’s Office had lost the plot when it posted the following tweet this morning:
It turns out solicitor-general Robert Buckland QC was in Yorkshire today, teaching school children about the law and their basic civil and criminal rights.
Year-five pupils from Adel Primary School took part in a mock trial of Goldilocks v The Three Bears at BPP University Law School in Leeds, where they decided if the porridge-guzzling fairytale character was guilty of breaking and entering, and causing criminal damage and stealing the bears’ food.
The trial was part of the law school’s ‘Streetlaw’ session, which explains the criminal trial process through the well-known tale to help children learn about the legal system, courts and the people who appear in them in an interesting and enjoyable way.
BPP University Law School’s pro bono manager Emma Blackstone said the Goldilocks workshop is one of the law school’s most popular primary school sessions.
It’s not known whether Goldilocks pleaded guilty, or what words of wisdom Buckland shared with the defendant (and not known whether Goldilocks appeared as a litigant in person or whether the other child in the photo is the defence solicitor).
But legal eagles were quick to spot a problem with the tweet: it turns out there’s no offence of breaking and entering in this country.
Legal blogger Matthew Scott (@Barristerblog) summed up the case outcome perfectly with his tweet:
Theft of porridge: Guilty— Matthew Scott (@Barristerblog) January 26, 2017
Breaking & entering: Quashed, offence not known to law. https://t.co/rL8JhpW7Ma