Magistrates Mock Trial Competition

Monday 11 March 2024 | By Megan Connor

As part of our Able, Gifted and Talented provision, pupils in Years 11, 12 and 13 travelled to Newcastle recently to compete in a Magistrates Mock Trial Competition. Those involved have written the below recount on their exciting experience.

Newcastle Crown Court set the stage for a thrilling mock trial competition on Saturday 2 March, drawing legal aficionados from schools across the region. Departing from their respective schools as early as 7.30am, eager participants converged at the court, primed for a day of legal battles and strategic manoeuvring.

The event witnessed a debate as teams from Teesside High, Abbey Gate, and Bradford Grammar squared off in a series of mock trials.  With reputations on the line, competitors spared no effort in their quest for victory, making every argument count in the courtroom arena.

Meticulous preparation paved the way for the day’s showdown.  Teams engaged in rigorous training sessions, refining their cases and fine-tuning their strategies.  Prior to the trials, participants had the opportunity to glean insights from seasoned solicitors, arming themselves with invaluable knowledge and advice.

The courtroom buzzed with anticipation as the first trial commenced at 9.45am, setting the stage for a day of intense legal duels.  Teams engaged in spirited debates, dissecting evidence and challenging witness testimonies with precision.  With each trial, the stakes grew higher, culminating in a crescendo of legal drama.

In a display of skill and tenacity, our team emerged triumphant in two out of three trials, earning accolades for their exceptional performance.  Notably, the team’s barristers demonstrated astute courtroom tactics, deftly questioning opposing witnesses and presenting compelling arguments.  Witnesses, too, delivered standout performances, captivating audiences with their unwavering composure and credibility.

“As a witness in a challenging case, I faced the daunting task of presenting testimony crucial to the team’s success.  The trial proved to be a battleground of intellect and persuasion, with the defence’s witnesses offering formidable opposition.  However, through unwavering determination and meticulous preparation, we stood resolute, delivering testimony that bolstered the team’s case and contributed to their eventual triumph.” – Sam, Year 11.

“I was an usher in the mock trial competition, and I’ll admit, nerves got the better of me initially.  However, as the proceedings unfolded, I found myself immersed in the excitement of the event.  It was undeniably challenging to grasp the intricacies of the procedural order, but the experience was incredibly rewarding, despite the initial jitters.” – Esme, Year 11.

We all really enjoyed this experience and we hope to do it again next year!

David, Ben, Dylan, Inaaya, Sam, Amelia, Siri, Annabel, Emily, Esme, Evelyn and Matthew.