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  The scene in the courtroom
Updated 04 February 2002, 17.21

As the Damilola trial continues, CBBC Newsround Online visits the Old Bailey to find out what it's like inside the courtroom.

The girl's voice filled the courtroom, even though most of the people there couldn't actually see her.

Click here to see pictures showing what it's like in the court

The 14-year-old witness was answering questions by the prosecution and defence lawyers from behind a heavy green velvet curtain.

Elsewhere in the wood-panelled courtroom, the legal teams sat behind piles of documents and books.

Special case

The curtain was just one of the special measures that has been taken because this trial involves young people:

  • The young people can't be identified
  • The judge and lawyers don't wear their usual wigs and gowns
  • The boys who are accused sit with their parents or guardians, not in the "dock"
  • Some witnesses are giving evidence via a video link

    Clear questions

    Once during the hearing on Monday the judge told the lawyers: "It will be helpful if we take things very slowly."

    He wanted everyone in the court to be sure about the things that were being said.

    He also ordered that there would be regular breaks.

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