Since November a team of Year 9 students have been preparing for the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition run by the education charity, Young Citizens. This charity works with primary and secondary schools to help educate, inspire and motivate the active citizens of tomorrow.
The Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition helps young people understand how the law touches every aspect of their lives, gaining an insight into how the legal justice system works. Schools are given access to resources, including a specially written criminal case, to help teams prepare legal arguments. After preparation, teams usually take part in a local heat and go head-to-head with other schools to prosecute and defend the case. This year the competition has been held virtually.
For most students it is their first experience of the law and is a fun and engaging experience that will stay with them for life. Students who take part are encouraged to think critically, build arguments and boost their confidence. The experience helps students develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society.
Mr Koniarski, one of our Most Able Coordinators, said, ‘I have been so proud of the students who have chosen to take part in the opportunity. They have worked so hard since November. I’ve really enjoyed seeing students gain in confidence in public speaking and improve their oracy skills. We were very grateful to the Magistrate who listened to the case and gave up their own time to explain the legal background to the case to the students. Well done to Beaconsfield High School who we were our challengers’.