Law

Mock trial 2020 competition


Stephanie Knowles
Mock trial 2020 competition

Rehearsals for the mock trial 2020 competition have reached their final stages ready for the competition on Saturday at High Wycombe Magistrates Court.

Prosecution lawyer making his opening speech

Magistrates and legal adviser

Legal adivser reading the charge to the defendant

This year’s team of 14 students across years 8 and 9 will battle to prove defendant, Ari Roberts, guilty, if they are working for the prosecution, or to cast doubt on the guilt, if they are working for the defence.  Ari Roberts, a Climate Change activist, has been accused of criminal damage after graffiti was discovered on an office building wall during a Climate Change protest.As part of the preparations, students have taken on the roles of court staff such as the usher, legal adviser and magistrates, as well as witnesses, the defendant and lawyers for both sides.  On Tuesday 3rd March, the team rehearsed in front of a visiting magistrate, who was able to offer final advice and top tips to improve the performance.The whole team have worked incredibly hard since Christmas to be fully prepared for Saturday.  Win or not, they will no doubt be a credit to the school.Watch out for the article in next week’s newsletter telling you how the team got on.

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