A team of 14 students from Year 8 and 9 competed in the National Finals of the Citizenship Foundation’s Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial competition at the huge and ornate Victoria Law Courts in Birmingham on Saturday 28th June.
Over 95 per cent of criminal cases, more than one million every year, are dealt with by magistrates. Yet many people know very little about their vital role.
The Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition aims to introduce the legal system to young people in an innovative and exciting way, giving them the opportunity to gain hands on experience. The competition involves young people throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland; every year over 6,000 young people and 800 magistrates and other legal professionals are involved in the competition.
Students take on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff and prepare the prosecution and defence of specially written criminal cases. Teams compete against each other in a live format at Magistrates' Courts with their performances judged by Magistrates and other legal professionals.
The TGS team performed wonderfully and a great time was had by all students and parents.