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15 March, 2006

Bar Mock Trial competition reaches climax

The Common Serjeant of London Judge Brian Barker announced Kesteven and Grantham Girls School national winners of this year's Bar National Mock Trial Competition.

Winners of the Bar National Mock Trial Competition 2005/06.
The winning team from Kesteven and Grantham Girls School
The competition reached its climax at the Old Bailey on Saturday. Kesteven and Grantham Girls School took first prize in the 15th year of the prestigious Bar National Mock Trial Competition, organised by the Citizenship Foundation in partnership with the Bar Council. Wimslow High School from Cheshire were runners up.

The Kesteven and Grantham Girls School team beat off competition from fifteen other schools from around the UK, who had also made it through to Saturday’s final from the regional heats.

Carolina Bracken and Charlotte Porter from the winning team said, “It’s great to say you have prosecuted a case at the Old Bailey, we didn’t realise how much we would enjoy the competition until we took part”. Rebecca Steele who had taken on the role of the defendant said it had made her confidence “Go skyhigh”.

Among the judges at the final was Stephen Hockman QC, Chairman of the Bar Council, who commented: ‘The Mock Trial Competition is extremely well organised and a valuable opportunity for young people to gain an understanding of the law. The participants have worked extremely hard and performed to such a standard that I can see some star advocates of the future among the competitors’.

The competition is one of very few active learning competitions in existence for 15-18 year olds, and provides an interactive way of delivering the citizenship curriculum. Students take on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, jury and court staff in a fictional criminal case designed to provide an understanding of the legal system and their rights and responsibilities. One of the cases this year looked at protecting your home with reasonable force.

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