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19 February, 2008

Mock Trials tackles witness intimidation and arson

Now in its 17th successful year, the 16 finalist schools in this year’s Bar National Mock Trial Competition will compete for this year’s top prize at the National Final on Saturday 1st March 2008 at Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts, Liverpool.

Students are preparing two cases for the final. The first case is R v Wibetsky (Alex Wibetsky accused of perverting the course of justice and intimidating a witness by threatening them in their taxi). The second is R v Potter (Jordan Potter accused of setting fire to a box of exam papers in a school office after a disappointed Art exam).

From the 270 applications received last summer, the Regional Heats in November 2007 produced our16 finalists. The heats involved over 2000 students taking on the roles of barristers, witnesses, court staff and jurors in real courtrooms across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 200 barristers/advocates supported the students and the trials were assessed by 90 judges from across the UK.

The competition is open to state secondary schools and FE colleges across the UK.

For details of the 2008/09 Competition please contact the Bar Mock Trial Project Officer

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