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9 May, 2003

Swansea school wins national competition

This year's final of the Bar National Mock Trial Competition, battled out in Edinburgh, has been won by Penyrheol Comprehensive from Swansea.

The event took place on 5 April in Edinburgh's Court of Session, its first visit to Scotland in its twelve year history. After the three preliminary rounds, all of the teams gathered in the impressive surroundings of Parliament Hall to discover which two teams would be going forward to the Grand Final. These were finally announced as Penyrheol Comprehensive and Helsby High. The two teams presented HMA v Millar, the case of an environmental activist accused of a breach of the peace. Hearing the case was Lord Cullen, The Lord President, a prospect that would have frightened many experienced advocates. After a close fight, and to shouts of delight from the team and its supporters, Lord Cullen declared Penyrheol Comprehensive the winner. All of the judges expressed how impressed they were by the high levels of advocacy they witnessed as well an excellent general standard of performance by everyone involved. --- The semi-finals were judged by Matt Kelly QC Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales, Reg Weir QC Chairman of the Bar Council of Northern Ireland, Roy Martin QC Vice Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, Patrick Harrington QC Leader of the Wales and Chester Circuit, The Hon Mr. Justice Nigel Davies, Lady Smith, Valerie Stacey QC and Bert Kerrigan QC. Share

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