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1 May, 2007

Mock Trials in Wales

On Saturday 28 April, teams of 12-14 year olds from Tryfan, David Hughes, Dyffryn Ogwen, Dyffryn Nantlle and Dyffryn Ardudwy schools competed in Caernarfon and Holyhead Magistrates’ Courts in the Welsh language Mock trial competition.

Organised by the Citizenship Foundation and Her Majesty’s Courts Service in Wales, team members took on the roles of magistrates, lawyers, defendants, witnesses and court staff to simulate carefully designed cases, this year examining animal rights and the responsibility of care. Teams competed in the Welsh language as either the prosecution or the defence against students from other schools. They were judged on their performances by real magistrates and legal professionals.

Tryfan and Dyffryn Ardudwy were named the winners of each heat and will compete in the final round at Caernarfon Magistrates Court on Saturday 12 May 2007.

Ruxi Ratiu, MCMT Project Officer said "I think it is fantastic that the competition has extended to the Welsh language as well. After being a pilot last year it is now a permanent feature of the competition. This shows again what a great project the Magistrates’ Court mock Trial Competition is and how all the students can learn so much from it!"

Hywel Hughes, Head of HMCS Welsh Language Services added, “We are pleased at the increased numbers of schools taking part. This shows that schools appreciate the importance of the competition not only in educating young people about court processes but also in the use of the Welsh language to formulate arguments, and in a formal setting. HMCS works hard to increase the awareness of court users regarding the use of Welsh in court cases, and this competition is an important part of this work.”

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