Mock Trial

North West Magistrates in the Community ‘Mock Trial’ Competition

We are delighted to report that a team of talented St. Bede’s Year 6 pupils won first prize in the inaugural Magistrates in the Community ‘Mock Trial’ competition in Warrington on 20th June.  The team competed against St. Vincent’s and Alderman Bolton to prosecute and then defend a fictional case of Harassment Without Violence. 

The competition saw our pupils take on the roles of magistrates, defence lawyers, prosecutors, witnesses, defendants, court usher, court legal advisor, court reporter and court artist.  The judges were so impressed by how well prepared our pupils were; by their clarity when speaking and their ability to improvise when questioning and responding.  Huge thanks to Mrs. Harringon, our Family Support Worker, for preparing our pupils so well.  Each and every one of them was outstanding in their behaviour and their commitment to their roles.  We were so proud of them!

The competition took place in a mock magistrate court room, with magistrates overseeing and judging the process.  The awards were presented by the Deputy Chief Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Sareda Dirir.  The experience has inspired some of our pupils to consider future careers in the law or the courts and we have no doubt they would be an asset in whatever role they choose to pursue.  

Well done to: Annabel Attwood, Ploy Brabin, Lydia Cain, Joseph Coogan, Owen Edmondson, Sam Fitzsimon, Maisie Hughes, Mia McInerney, James Penney, Thomas Roberts and Eamon Slavin.

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