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25 May, 1999

Magistrates' Mock Trial Competition Northern Ireland Launch

On Saturday 8th May 1999 six schools took part in the Northern Ireland Launch of the Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition at Antrim Magistrates' Court.

Teams of students attended from St Patrick's Girls' Academy County Tyrone, Methodist College Belfast, St Malachay's College Belfast, St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh, Cookstown High School Cookstown and Foyle and Londonderry College Londonderry. The students competed in two rounds - R v Wilde and R v Toner, followed by a grand final between the two highest placed teams - St Malachay's College and Methodist College. --- The winning team was Methodist College Belfast, who particularly impressed the judges with their depth of understanding and the enthusiasm of their performance. All teams competed at a very high standard, showing a good understanding of the legal system and the roles of lawyers, magistrates, witnesses and court staff. Judges and spectators were impressed by the enthusiasm and ability of the students, who had enjoyed the work they put into understanding the law and legal procedures, and the issues involved in the cases themselves. The competition was judged by five Resident Magistrates from Northern Ireland - Messrs Copeland, McKibbin, McRandal, Nixon and Perry. Our thanks go to them, the Northern Ireland Court Service in particular Trevor Long and Mr Clery, and to all the students, teachers and parents involved in the competition. The Citizenship Foundation and the Northern Ireland Court Service are now working together to establish the competition as part of the structure existing in England and Wales. Share

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