Lyme students through to final of bar mock trial contest

PUBLISHED: 15:02 01 December 2017

Woodroffe School's winning mock trial team. Picture: SUBMITTED

Woodroffe School's winning mock trial team. Picture: SUBMITTED

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Woodroffe School’s defence and prosecution ‘barristers’ are comnmended by the judges for their speeches

A team of budding ‘legal eagles’ from Lyme’s Woodroffe School is through to the finals of the Bar Mock Trial competition.

Run annually by the Citizenship Foundation, the contest is designed to give students an insight into how the criminal justice system works.

It is a practical and challenging way for them to gain experience of the legal process as well as enhancing their public speaking, analytical and team working skills.

The students take on the role of barristers, witnesses, court staff and jurors, and their performances are judged by real judges and senior barristers.

Fifteen sixth form students from Woodroffe booked their place in the finals at Cardiff after winning the regional heat in Plymouth last week.

They acted out two cases involving fraud and domestic abuse.

Both the prosecuting and defence ‘barristers’ were highly commended by the judges for their opening and closing speeches.

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