On Tuesday 6th February, a group of Y8 pupils went to Worcester Magistrates Court as part of their preparations for the Citizenship Foundation Mock Trial competition.
The Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition has been running since 1994 and annually involves over 4,000 students from over 270 schools and 1,700 legal professional volunteers across over 40 magistrates’ courts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition is part of the SmartLaw programme which helps improve young people’s life skills, their understanding of the justice system and the legal system, and helps them to understand that the law touches every aspect of their lives.
Our pupils have been giving up their lunchtimes and evenings since November, in order to prepare. Pupils have to dissect a case and witness statements, then act out the roles of Magistrates, lawyers, witnesses, defendants, and legal advisers – against other schools.
During the visit to Worcester, pupils were able to see courtrooms in action as well as gain some practice for their own case, in an empty courtroom. The team were a credit to the school and let’s hope their hard work pays off for the first competition heat in March.
For more information about the Mock Trial: https://smartlaw.org.uk/mock-trials/magistrates-court-mock-trials-teachers/