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20 June, 2011

Birmingham school triumphs in courtroom competition

On Saturday, on home turf, King Edward VI Handsworth School in Birmingham beat 13 other regional finalists in the 17th Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition.

The runner-up was Robert May’s School from Hampshire.

King Edward VI Handsworth School, winner of the Magistrate's Court Mock Trial Comptetition 2010-2011Approximately 200 students, 50 magistrates and legal professionals and 150 teachers, parents and guests descended on Birmingham Magistrate's Court to flex their legal muscles.

Teams of students fought two cases - one on domestic violence and one on handling stolen goods - in front of real magistrates.

The competition is judged by magistrates and other legal professionals (including barristers, solicitors, legal advisers and CPS staff).

Why mock trials?

Our mock trial competitions introduce the legal system to young people in a way that is safe, engaging and understandable. They also develop skills of communication, teamwork and presentation, which are vital for adult life and employment.

The competitions support our goal to help people understand what the legal system is for, how it works, how it can be changed and how it helps people. We also put lawyers into the school classroom through our Lawyers in Schools scheme and give guidance on everyday law in our popular book Young Citizen's Passport.

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