Cartwright King are sponsoring the local heat of the 2014 Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition, a national competition aimed at 12-14 year olds to help them learn about all aspects of the criminal justice system.
It is a national competition run by the Citizenship Foundation in partnership with the Magistrates Association which is funded by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice) and the Jomati Foundation. Around 160 young people from twelve schools from Bordsley Green, Erdington, Handsworth and Edgbaston will be competing in the heat which takes place on Saturday 15th March.
The competition is an opportunity for competitors to adopt all the roles that would be found in a real-life court, including lawyers, witnesses, magistrates, court staff and a defendant.
A fantastic learning tool first introduced 20 years ago, the competition aims to inspire young people who might wish to pursue a career in law as a result of their participation. It is an event which enables students to develop crucial life skills, such as the ability to speak confidently in public, work well as part of a team and use analytical techniques.
The students are given a mock case and coached by local magistrates and legal professionals before the event so that they understand every aspect of what they will experience at the trial. This year’s local trial will involve the case of a stolen bike which has been acquired without knowledge of the item’s history. There will also be the chance for participants to compete for the titles of best court reporter and best court artist.
Regan Peggs who is an Associate at Cartwright King will be assisting at the competition alongside one of the law firm’s interns, Saydie Farrell, said: “it is important that young people who are considering a career in law are presented with opportunities such as the one offered by this competition, to get more of an insight into what a future career in law might involve.”
There are 63 heats taking place nationwide over the next three weeks which are to be followed by local finals in May and the prestigious national final at Birmingham’s Victoria Law Court in June 2014.