The Magistrates’ Mock Trial Competition, which has been running since 1994, is part of the Law in Schools programme which helps young people improve their life skills, their understanding of the justice and legal system and helps them to gain knowledge of how the law touches every aspect of their lives. Over 300 schools across the United Kingdom participate in the competition each year. The competition aims to create the foundation for students to develop into legally aware young people and to introduce the legal system in an exciting way. In the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff the students prosecute and defend specially written criminal cases. Teams compete against each other in real Magistrates’ Courts and are judged by serving magistrates.

HSYA has supported the Surrey heat of the competition over a number of years and warmly congratulates the team from Woking High School on winning the county heat in 2017.Richard Whittington attended the Surrey heat at Guildford Crown Court and said, “Watching schools conducting these mock trials – one taking all the prosecution roles and the other those for the defence - was enlightening. The law has a very great future based on the evidence in front of those observing the rounds of the competition."

Magistrates’ Mock Trial Competition – Countywide

Awarded 2016-2017


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