After winning the local heat in March, the Tonbridge Grammar School Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial team attended the regional competition at Medway Magistrates’ Court in Chatham. There they competed against five other schools from the south-east, taking turns to prosecute and defend a character accused of carrying a concealed knife. On both sides of the court the students excelled, giving detailed examinations and searing cross-examination of all the witnesses. After a series of mock cases had been held across three courtrooms TGS emerged as the winners with the judges saying they were, “well prepared,” and “impressive,” and that they gave a, “clear, confident performance.” The team now progress to the national final to be held in Birmingham at the end of June, where they will represent the south-east in a series of mock cases against the best school legal teams in the country.
Emmi Gregory (prosecuting lawyer); Alice Kinsella Swan (defendant) Verity Platt (usher); Ellen Hughes (legal advisor)