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30 March, 2004

Stokesley School wins Mock Trial Competition

This year's Bar National Mock Trial Competition, featured on BBC's Learning Curve programme yesterday, has been won by Stokesley School, North Yorkshire.

(Visit the BBC's Learning Curve page: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/learningcurve.shtml)

The Bar National Mock Trial Competition reached its climax on Saturday 27th March 2004, when Stokesley School were announced winners of the Bar National Mock Trial Competition. Ysgol Tre-gib were runners up.

In addition, Serena Andrews from Stratford Girls Grammar School, Warwickshire won the

National Court Reporter Competition and Eimear Blee from Lumen Christi College, Belfast won the National Press

Officer Competition.

This year’s National Final took placed in the Old Bailey with the grand final between Stokesley and Tre-gib held in Court 1. Lord Justice Hooper, founder of the Bar National Mock Trial Competition presided over the grand final. It was a extremely close contest between the two teams but at the end of the trial, Stokesley were judged the winners.

Sixteen schools from all over England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland competed at the Old Bailey; all of whom had secured their places in the final after hard-fought regional heats.

Martin Trent, a teacher speaking on behalf of Stokesley School after Saturday’s Final said:

‘I believe that this competition is exceptionally worthwhile as it provides our young people with a unique opportunity to gain an insight to and understanding of the criminal system. They also learn about our rights and responsibilities as citizens. It’s also a lot of fun!’

Also speaking after Saturday’s Final Stephen Irwin QC, Chairman of the General Council of the Bar of England & Wales, said:

‘The competition, now in its thirteenth year, provides young people with an essential insight into the legal system and the opportunity to experience the workings of the courtroom. It is wonderful to see so many talented young people participating in the competition. My congratulations go to all those who took part in what was a very high standard of competition.’


The semi-finals were judged by:

His Honour Judge Stokes QC, His Honour Judge Radford, Her Honour Judge Adele Williams, Stephen Irwin QC (Chairman of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales), Peter Cush BL (Chairman of the Bar Council of Northern Ireland), Roy Martin QC (Vice Dean of the Faculty of Advocates), Frances Oldham QC (Leader of the Midlands Circuit), Timothy Dutton QC (Leader of the South Eastern Circuit), Anthony Donne QC (Leader of the Western Circuit), Herbert Kerrigan QC and Anesta Weekes QC.


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