Plymouth school victorious at Royal Courts of Justice

A Plymouth school has won this year’s Bar Mock Trial Competition at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Plymouth High School for Girls beat fourteen other finalist schools before encountering Penyrheol Comprehensive School from Swansea in the fourth and final trial of the day. The sixteen finalists took part in three mock trials on Saturday.

Two cases, The Queen v Griffiths (trespass and burglary) and The Queen v Ashley Rollins (possession of a firearm), were used during the day. The final used The Queen v Rollins.

Teams of 15 students used witness statements to construct their cases and played the roles of witnesses, court staff, jurors and barristers to compete against other teams, with one group of students defending and one prosecuting while proceedings were judged by circuit judges, recorders and senior barristers.

Ollie Williams, social mobility policy officer at the Bar Council, tweeted: “totally blown away by the quality and passion of @citizenship mock trials competition advocates – fantastic day with very worthy winners”.

Around 2,000 students took part in regional heats which were judged in crown courts across the country with teams initially taking part in three trials. The two teams with the highest scores from each region competed against one another in a fourth trial and the successful teams then competed in the national final.

The Bar (comprised of the Bar Council, the Faculty of Advocates, the Bar Library of Northern Ireland, the Inns of Court and the Circuits) wholly fund the competition.

Law Works Awards will celebrate student pro bono efforts tonight (21 March 2013).