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3 April, 2008

Southwark schools invited to FREE pilot heat Magistrates' Court Mock Trial

The Magistratesí Court Mock Trial Development Project is keen to recruit secondary schools in Southwark to take part in a FREE pilot heat in the Autumn Term 2008.

Schools signing up by Friday 11th July 2008 will get FREE teacher training plus contributions to supply cover, travel costs and classroom support from the Citizenship Foundation team prior to taking part in the main competition in March 2009. Now in its 14th year, the competition involves over 4,500 young people and 800 magistrates annually.

Students must be in year 8 and 9 in England. Each school enters a team of up to 13 students who take on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff and prepare the prosecution and defence of devised criminal cases.

The competition offers an exciting way of exploring the provisions for citizenship at Key Stage 3. Students gain an understanding of the legal rights and responsibilities and the role and workings of the criminal justice system. To register your school contact Julie Gibbings, Team Leader, Competitions 020 7566 5032 Julie.gibbings@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk.

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