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14 June, 2006

Bar Mock Trial Competition 2006-2007

Sign up before Friday 30th June 2006 to take part in next year’s Bar National Mock Trial Competition.

The Bar National Mock Trial Competition introduces students to the legal system by giving them a chance to go to a real court and through taking on roles of barristers, witnesses, court staff and jurors in specially written criminal cases. This opportunity provides students with first hand experience of how the criminal justice system operates.

Schools and teachers who are new to the competition do not need to have studied any law before taking part. Everyone will be provided with the relevant resources that includes; a competition guide that contains all the information the teams will need to prepare, two specially written cases, a video introducing mock trials and giving some hints and tips, where possible assistance from a local barrister/advocate, dedicated classroom resources, further resources on the website and the BMT project officer at the Citizenship Foundation will also be happy to answer any questions.

Aimed at young people with all abilities, the competition provides a fun, interesting and rich leaning experience for all those involved, competing against other schools and being marked by real judges. Every participant is rewarded a certificate that can be included to their record of achievement.

Through active learning, it offers a fantastic method to deliver key elements of Citizenship at key stage 4 through a well- established national framework by understanding the legal and human rights and responsibilities underpinning society and how they relate to them as citizens. The competition also gives the young people an opportunity to increase their skills such as public speaking, negotiating, debating, analysis and teamwork.

The regional heats take place in crown courts all over the UK, but there are a limited number of places available so apply early to avoid disappointment.

All schools entering will need to fill in the application form and send it to the BMT project officer with a deposit of £150, which is refundable once the school has participated and 100 words from their students stating why they would like to take part. Please ensure applications are sent before the deadline date of 30th June 2006.

Further information

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