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10 July, 2009

Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition 2008-09 draws to an exciting close

On Saturday 20th June 2009 twenty teams of 12-14 year olds from England, Wales and Northern Ireland took part in the National Final of the Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition at Manchester City Magistrates' Court. John Taylor High School from Barton Under Needwood, Staffordshire, were the eventual winners. Burntwood School from Tooting, South London, were named as runners-up.

The 2008/09 competition began last November with over 370 schools applying to take part.  The schools competed in over 70 Local Heats throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland in March, with almost 90 schools going on take part in Regional Finals in May.

Speaking about the competition, Dr Tony Breslin, Chief Executive of the Citizenship Foundation, said: "The National Final of the Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition is one of the highlights of the Citizenship Foundation's year - to see 12, 13 and 14 year old students reach such a standard says much for their schools, their teachers and the magistrates who coach them.  It also bodes well for the future of our justice system: legally aware citizens are empowered, effective citizens."

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who made the 2008/09 competition possible: the Magistrates' Association; the Ministry of Justice; Her Majesty's Court Service; Addleshaw Goddard; Wilkinson; all the students who participated and all the teachers who supported them, and a particular thanks to all the Local Organisers.

Applications for the 2009/10 competition will open in September and will be via an online form at www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/mcmt.  Should you require any further information about the competition, please do not hesitate to contact the Project Officer, Megan McNutt, on 020 7566 4155 or megan.mcnutt@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk.

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