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Manchester High School for Girls

FICTIONAL CASES BATTLED OUT AT MANCHESTER CROWN COURTS

Sixth Form students from MHSG and other schools across Greater Manchester assembled at the Manchester Crown Courts recently to take part in the annual Mock Trial competition. 

The event is organised as an extra-curricular activity by part-taking schools, and gives an insight into the world of law, and teaches students about the complexities of the UK legal system. It also improves students' debating skills and teaches them how to present formal arguments.

Acting as barristers and witnesses, the students had all prepared lines of questioning for cross examinations and witness testimonies for their fictional cases. The team from Manchester High School for Girls had been preparing for their two cases since mid-September.

Libby from Junior Sixth form at Manchester High explained: “Our two cases were different but both had strong points and loopholes which we had to navigate carefully to convince the judge of our case. The first team argued a case about a burglary, which included lots of puns relating to the Boston Tea Party.”

“Our witnesses demonstrated their dramatic flair by using French, Italian, American and Welsh accents as they were guided through the questioning by the barristers.”

“The second team argued a case about false imprisonment and the theft of a music contract, which allowed one of our witnesses to burst into song on the stand!”

Manchester High student Tali from Junior Sixth form said: “I absolutely loved taking part in Mock Trial. Although we had our hiccups on the day, it was all part of the learning process and it gave us not only a fantastic insight into the legal system but also the world of work in general.”

Tali added:

“I would recommend Mock Trial 100% to anyone interested in law and a career based on public speaking or someone just looking to expand their horizons.”

Libby concluded: “Even though we didn’t win, the opportunity to present a case in a real courtroom in front of an Honour Judge was a truly memorable experience. No objections here!”