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Compass Festival | Four Legs Good

Compass Festival | Four Legs Good

Sat 17 - Sat 24 November

Compass Festival takes place 16 - 25 November 2018 with ten days of free live art events in public places in Leeds. Locations range from water taxis to courtrooms, galleries and bus stations to a street where you live, or one just like it. 

Taking place at Leeds Town Hall, Four Legs Good is a contemporary revival of the medieval animal trials which took place in Britain and throughout Europe, where animals who had been accused of committing crimes were brought to court, provided defence counsel and prosecuted in full hearings before a judge.

For Compass Festival, artist and trained lawyer Jack Tan will reimagine Leeds Town Hall as the site of a fictional Department of Animal Justice and stage a series of live ‘moot’ animal trials where practising barristers will argue claims brought by or against animal clients, before a judge and jury in the old Victorian courtroom at Leeds Town Hall. Drop in and listen to the day of hearings on Saturday 24 November, court hearings will take place at the times listed below.

Sheepworrying, 1pm (90 minutes)
Hearing (60 minutes) followed by jury deliberation (20 minutes), verdict and sentencing (10 minutes)

Signal crayfish, 3pm (60 minutes)
Court of appeal hearing (50 minutes) followed by judges deliberation (10 minutes)

Dangerous dog, 5pm (90 minutes)
Hearing (60 minutes) followed by jury deliberation (20 minutes), verdict and sentencing (10 minutes)

Please note: Anyone is welcome to attend all or part of any of the hearings - just drop in to the public gallery of the courtroom.

Also included as part of Compass Festival, an exhibition will also be available to view in the coridoors of Leeds Town Hall 12 - 5pm, 17 - 24 November. 

Visit the website for more information about Compass Festival. 


Free admission, no booking required. 

Tickets & Times

  • Sat 17 Nov , 12:00 PM
  • Sun 18 Nov , 12:00 PM
  • Mon 19 Nov , 12:00 PM
  • Tue 20 Nov , 12:00 PM
  • Wed 21 Nov , 12:00 PM
  • Thu 22 Nov , 12:00 PM
  • Fri 23 Nov , 12:00 PM
  • Sat 24 Nov , 1:00 PM