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14 July, 2010

200910 Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition draws to an exciting close!

Students from 18 schools across England, Wales and Northern Ireland took part in the national final of the Citizenship Foundation’s Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition on 26 June. The teams of 12-14 year olds, the regional finalists from over 350 state-funded secondary schools, took on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff in the 16th annual national final, at the historic Victoria Law Courts in Birmingham.

Congratulations to Wilmslow High School from Cheshire who placed first at this year's national final, with an honourable mention to Penyrheol Comprehensive from Swansea.

The Court Artist and Court Reporter competition winners were also presented with prizes at the event. Over 80 prospective young journalists entered the Court Repoter Competition, with the ten shortlisted entries judged by Tom Whitehead, the Home Affairs Editor for the Daily Telegraph. Congratulations to the winner, Alice Greenway from Rugby High School! Nearly 70 budding artists also entered the Court Artist Competition, with the ten shortlisted entries being judged by professional Court Artist, Priscilla Coleman. Congratulations to the winner, Keziah Baskerville Muscat from Queen Katherine School, Kendal! Thank you to the judges who gave up their time.

We also would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the schools for taking part, the magistrates and court staff who volunteer from across the country, our funders Her Majesty's Courts Service, our partners the Magistrates' Association, Birmingham Magistrates' Court for hosting the national final, and the dedicated staff at the Citizenship Foundation.



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