Darren Snow attended the Citizenship Foundation National Mock Trial Final on Saturday 25th March at the Royal Courts of Justice with the team of sixth form advocates from Kings Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford. Darren has been their mentor and advocacy trainer for the last few months and despite this obvious handicap KEGS still managed to reach the national finals!!! They blazed through the regional heat in the Autumn at Inner London Crown Court to go on to the national final. On Saturday, they conducted the prosecution and defence in three trials in front of a judging panel that included the head of the Northern Circuit, the head of the SE Circuit plus the Chairmen of the Bar and Sir Brian Leveson. Even Judge Rinder made an appearance. Over 40 schools attended the finals from all over the UK competing against each other. KEGS found themselves up against their Birmingham namesakes and their local rivals Colchester High School. Winning all three of their trials with all their opponent’s cases falling like a “house of cards” (a favourite phrase with all of KEGS advocates!) the team put up an impressive fight with some superb advocacy. A great day out and rest assured the future of the Bar is in safe hands with such an impressive cadre of young advocates in the making.
The 2017 Finals “survivors “photo from the end of the day
Further information on the national competition and how to get involved with the 2017/18 contest can be found at www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk