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30 August, 2007

Mock Trial Compeition opens to entries

The Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition, which gives young people hands-on experience of the legal system, is now open to entries.

Over 95% of criminal cases, more than one million every year, are dealt with by magistrates, yet very few people know enough about their vital role. The Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition aims to introduce the legal system to young people in an innovative and exciting way, giving them the opportunity to gain hands on experience.

Now in its fourteenth successful year, the competition involves young people throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland; every year over 4,500 young people and 800 magistrates and other legal professionals are involved.

Students take on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff and prepare the prosecution and defence of specially written criminal cases. Teams compete against each other in a live format at Magistrates' Courts, with their performances judged by Magistrates and other legal professionals.

The competition is open to state secondary schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Applications for the 2007/08 competition must be in by 19 October.

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