Strathearn School

118 Belmont Road, Belfast, BT4 2AU, Northern Ireland | 028 9047 1595

Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Victory.

Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Victory.

On Saturday, a team of girls made up of second and third year pupils travelled to the Court House in Dungannon to participate in the Northern Ireland heat of the Citizenship Foundation's Magistrates' Court Mock Trial competition. 

The girls have worked really hard over the last number of weeks preparing to run a special case in front of a real judge in a real court room. They took on roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff. There was even a court artist and a court reporter.

Strathearn competed in two rounds, first against the prosecution team from St Dominic's, and then against Foyle College's defence team. In both sessions the defendant was found guilty. Our own Ellie Massey was handed six-month-long custodial sentence!

The standard of the competition was very high, but Strathearn emerged victorious. Particular mention was made of Darcey Jamison, our first prosecution lawyer, who spoke with great confidence and argued her case succinctly.

Each member of the team received a book voucher and the school will keep the Northern Ireland trophy for the year.

Good luck to the girls who will go on to in the next stage of this prestigious competition as Northern Ireland winners.

13 March 2017

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