Students take to the court in school contest

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PUPILS will tackle cases involving domestic violence when they take part in this year’s Mock Trial Competition.

Students aged 12 to 14 at Tring School will be will go to St Albans Magistrates’ Court to take on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff in a specially written criminal case.

They will be up against three other schools on March 5 as they try to make it to the next round.

Their performances as prosecution and defence will be judged by real magistrates and legal professionals.

The contest is organised by the Citizenship Foundation and the Magistrates’ Association and is in its 17th year. It is one of the only active learning competitions to address the legal system.

The foundation’s chief executive Andy Thornton said: “More than 95 per cent of criminal cases are dealt with by magistrates, yet very few people know enough about their vital role.

“This offers young people a hands-on introduction to the legal system and how law can be relevant to their everyday lives.”