Lord Chancellor hails Mock Trial winners
The Bar National Mock Trial Competition reached its climax on Saturday, when Colyton Grammar School in Devon took first prize in the 14th year of the prestigious Bar National Mock Trial Competition. Boswells School, Essex were runners up.Presenting the award The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, praised both teams for their high standard.
He went on to support the role of the competition in bringing to young people an experience of the legal system:
"The legal system is important in any civilised society as it protects people and offers them justice. By participating in this competition, the students will have experienced the work that goes on in court and how legal decisions that affect people in their community are made. I am very pleased to be able to support it."
The Colyton Grammar School team emerged as winners after pitting their legal skills against fifteen other schools from all over England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; all of whom had secured their places in the final after hard-fought regional contests.
"The competition has both stimulated and engaged our students, who have had a wonderful time preparing for it", said Ms Frances Allan from Colyton School:
"The competition is an excellent way of supporting citizenship in schools and I should like to see many more becoming involved."
The final of the competition, organised by the Bar Council and the Citizenship Foundation, took place at Bristol Crown Court and was judged by senior members of the judiciary, including Lord Falconer.