Magistrates Mock Trial Competition
14 UVHS pupils from Year 8 and 9 travelled to Carlisle on Friday 15th March to participate in the Cumbrian heat of the national Magistrates Mock Trial Competition.
The competition involves pupils aged 12 – 14 conducting a mock criminal trial in a real court room. The pupils fulfil all of the roles necessary to run the trial from lawyers, to witnesses, to legal advisors and the magistrates themselves.
The team put in a huge amount of work beforehand to prepare, working with members of the sixth form law society and a visiting magistrate to perfect their legal skills and techniques. The trip was possible because of the fundraising efforts of the sixth form law Society as well as a generous contribution from local Ulverston law firm Poole Townsend.
Competing over two rounds against other local schools the team performed excellently, scoring well in all areas. Unfortunately the team didn’t make it through to the next round but were nevertheless highly commended. Two UVHS pupils, Angel Young and Toby Miller, were noted in particular for their strong performances as the defendant and prosecution lawyer, with Angel being awarded the prize of outstanding performance in the team.
The pupils enjoyed the experience and learned a great deal about law and the legal system in the process.