On Saturday 24st March Darren Snow attended Cardiff Crown Court as barrister mentor with King Edward VI Grammar School Chelmsford. For the second year running he had mentored the school through to the national finals. This year the finals were in Cardiff involving 18 schools from the different regions of the UK. In total, 184 schools participated in 18 regional heats.
Competing against schools from all over the UK the team of 16 and 17 year-olds competed in a series of mock criminal trials before real judges – students play the part of barristers, witnesses and jurors. The Chairman of the Bar Andrew Walker QC was in attendance and spoke to the students about the importance of talented people from all backgrounds coming to the Bar. It was a great day – despite all the challenges faced by the criminal bar it’s clear that the next generation of barristers is ready and waiting in the wings.
The competition, which has been running for almost 30 years, is organised by Young Citizens with principle sponsorship from the Bar Council. Each year, thousands of young people take part – learning how the legal justice system works through a unique experience whereby they enact criminal trials in real court rooms. In the process, they learn key life skills such as advocacy, critical thinking, and public speaking.
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