This was the Regional Final of the School’s Mock Trial Competition where 300 schools (4000 students) across Cheshire and Merseyside compete to present a Court case scenario, acting in turn as both prosecution or defence, witnesses, magistrates, victim or accused.
The Magistrate’s Court Mock Trial Competition is part of the Law in Schools Programme which helps to improve young people’s life skills, their understanding of the justice system and the legal system and helps them to understand that the law touches every aspect of their lives.
Attending as observers were Stephen Timpson MP; the Mayor of Cheshire East and her Consort and His Honour, Judge Roger Dutton and myself. We sat in the Court room and watched two of the six teams presenting a really interesting case of cyber bullying. It was great to see how the pupils from both schools had interpreted the information and place emphasis on their view of the critical issues within the case.
All the young people were very impressive in the way in which they presented their arguments in their given roles and as they assembled at the end of the event in the main concourse of the Court House, there was a real ‘buzz’ or anticipation as to who would be awarded the accolade of best presented case.
Wilmslow High School was judged best on the day and now move forward to the National Final at the Royal Courts of Justice in London later this month.
I think His Honour, Judge Roger Dutton summed the morning up in his closing speech when he thanked the magistrates; court staff and teachers for their commitment and hard work in making the day such a success.