22nd November 2012
A trial for a career in law
Students from eight schools across Leicester got a taste of life in the courtroom after staging mock trials in the first Leicester Schools’ Court Competition that took place at Leicester Crown Court.
With the help of a number of experts including Cartwright King’s Imogen Cox, the teenagers, aged between 13 and 16 took part in the competition which gave them the opportunity to take on variety of roles, including advocates, witnesses, jurors, court staff and newspaper reporters all of which was presided over by real judges.
The competition was jointly organised by Leicestershire Law Society and the Midland Circuit Bar Association with the aim of encouraging pupils from all backgrounds to realise that a career in law is accessible and to see how the criminal justice system works.
Hamilton Community College won the competition overall whilst Freddie Smith of Lancaster Boys School was awarded the Exceptional Ability Award which was sponsored by Cartwright King.