Bar National Mock Trial Competition 2014

On Saturday 22nd November, following weeks of thorough preparation, a group of enthusiasitc Lower Sixth pupils took part in the regional heat of the 'Bar National Mock Trial Competition' at Belfast's Royal Courts of Justice. 

The competition provided pupils with the opportunity to prepare two cases for trial, with the guidance of top barristers, and carry these out in a court scenario in front of a real judge. This year’s cases dealt with the prosecution and defence for a possession of drugs case and the prosecution of a defendant charged with assault.  

Whether in the role of barrister (complete with gown and wig!), witness, usher or court clerk, all pupils played convincing roles and proved stiff competition for the other competing schools in their round. All who took part thoroughly enjoyed the day and would agree it was an extremely rewarding and worthwhile experience.

Well done to pupils Gareth Reid, Martin Taylor, Judith Courtney, Hannah Lewis, Lucy Hobday, Hannah Gibson, Hannah Martin, Devan McMordie and Sarah Wheatley who represented the School so well at the event, as well as teacher Miss Andrea Elwood whose coordination was instrumental to the pupils’ impressive performances.

Pupils Hannah Gibson (left) and Hannah Martin in full court regalia at the Bar National Mock Trial Competition on Saturday 22nd November