July 25, 2019
Our eagerly awaited mock trial event with Crashaw School took place despite heavy overnight snow under the watchful eye of our resident judge, councillor Mick Coulson.
Pupils braved the ‘arctic’ conditions to don their wigs and gowns and act the parts with fantastic enthusiasm and wonderful initiative.
Playing the roles of barristers, defendants, witnesses and jury members, which were allocated in advance, pupils were tasked with learning scripts and researching the various roles and courtroom procedure. It was clear they took their responsibilities seriously and had put an awful lot of work into the event.
Proceedings were expertly marshalled by judge Coulson who got fully into the spirit of the occasion by threatening to send the court reporter to prison for contempt of court when his mobile rang!
The performance of the pupils was a credit to them and the school and our thanks go to everyone who participated.
We would also like to thank teacher Andy Cox, Councillor Coulson and Stuart Andrew MP who watched proceedings from the public gallery with great interest.
A fantastic day made possible by the pupils who have now set the bar extremely high for next years event!
“This is a really innovative initiative and a great opportunity to really understand what goes into a legal trial. The children learnt to practise their research skills, to think on their feet, to analyse evidence and facts, to understand the discipline of a courtroom setting and to realise how important their decisions are in this environment. I’m delighted to have taken part.”
Councillor Mick Coulson