Today nine Year 12 students took part in the Independent Schools Bar Mock Trial Competition. The competition encourages young people to engage with and learn more about the legal system, and how it can impact every aspect of their lives.
As with any genuine legal case, preparation for the trial began many months ago. In September 2022, students started working on Thursday afternoons during EDGE to learn more about the court system, the role of juries and prepare two cases for the competition. Over time they have scoured witness statements to prepare opening statements, questions for examination and cross examination of witnesses, and discussed strategies for compelling closing submissions.
The tasks required students to think critically, build arguments and develop their public speaking skills. For most students it is their first experience of the law and what better way to introduce them, than in a fun and engaging experience with their friends and peers. Our team took on the roles of barristers, witnesses, defendants, ushers and clerks. Competing against Shrewsbury School, Harrogate Ladies College, Cardiff Sixth Form College and The King Edward School they showed great determination and adaptability and used clear and focussed questioning to advance their arguments.
The judges were so impressed with their efforts that they were crowned the day’s winners, meaning they are through to the national final which will be held at the Old Bailey, London in March!
Mr R Webster