We have enjoyed working with local schools and colleges in judging one-off mock trials, judging different groups of students from the same school or college competing against each other, or judging inter-school/college competitions.
Students performing in the mock trials gain enormous benefit through:
Scripting (if necessary)
Developing legal arguments
Playing the various roles
Note taking for those acting as Magistrates in order that they can reach a verdict based on the evidence they have heard
Analysing evidence presented
Working as a team
We would like to encourage more in-house and inter-school mock trial competitions. The enjoyment, benefit and value that the students derive from participating cannot be over-emphasised as they have a real purpose in assisting them with their studies, gaining an understanding of the law, and confidence building.
Schools/Colleges Mock Trials
At the end of Mock Trials the MIC Team provides each participating pupil or student with a Certificate or Medallion and for in-school or inter-school Mock Trial Competitions we provide Trophies. We do not charge for talks, mock trials or escorted Court visits
Priestley College in-house BTEC Mock Trial Competition 2017
The MIC Team was delighted to be part of a mock trial competition held at Priestley College, Warrington on Monday 10th July 2017 for BTEC students. Two teams took part, with the mock trial focusing on an interesting Common Assault (Section 39) case.
The team of magistrates, who acted as Chair of the Bench and judges of the competition, were impressed with the high standards demonstrated by all the performers, but especially those acting as Prosecutors and Defence Lawyers as they had to develop their questioning and cross examination of the defendant and the witnesses, ‘thinking on their feet’. All the students acted with enthusiasm and took their roles seriously. There are certainly some budding lawyers amongst the students!!
The MIC Team extends to all the students and the tutors their thanks for a really enjoyable, entertaining and interesting day. Trophies were presented to the winning team and the runners up, and a special trophy to the best performer as determined by the judges. All the students were presented with a certificate marking the day and a medallion.
Photos from the Priestley College in-house BTEC Mock Trial Competition 2017
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Grappenhall Heys Community Primary School, In-House Mock Trials, 24th January 2018
On the 24th January 2018, the Grappenhall Heys Community Primary School, Year 6 Pupils participated in three in-house Mock Trials. The photo below shows the children with one of their Teachers and three North Cheshire Justices of the Peace.
An excellent and enjoyable day was had by all !!!!