Darren Snow and our pupil Alexandra Monaghan attended Inner London Crown Court on Saturday 24th November 2018 for the London South heat of the Citizen Foundation’s national schools mock trial competition. Darren was the barrister mentor to King Edwards VI Grammar School in Chelmsford. Darren has been the school’s mentor for the last 3 years and King Edwards had won their regional heats and gone through to reach the national finals for the previous two years. This year after competing in a series of mock crown court trials over the day they reached the final before HHJ Silas Reid but were pipped at the post by their worthy opponents Watford Girls High School who were crowned overall winners on the day and now go onto the national finals in Edinburgh in 2019.
Young Citizens runs the national mock trial competition every year for state schools. Students play the part of barristers, witnesses, ushers and clerks and fellow students sit as the jury deciding on the verdict. This year the mock trials dealt with money laundering and acid attacks. Barristers volunteer to act as mentors with the schools to help train and support the competing teams. The trials are all before real life Crown Court judges who give up their Saturdays to support the competition.
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