Students excel in courtroom ‘trial’

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SPALDING students got a taste of the courtroom after making it to the final of a national competition.

Pupils from Spalding High School competed against 13 other schools from across the country in the Citizenship Foundation’s Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition.

The competition was held at the historic Victoria Law Courts in Birmingham and the team from Spalding were placed tenth.

In the final students took the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff in two cases – one about domestic violence and the other dealing with handling stolen goods.

Their performances were judged by real magistrates and legal professionals.

The competition, which is funded by Her Majesty’s Courts Service, aims to introduce young people to the legal system in an innovative and exciting way.

Three South Holland-based Rotary groups covered the costs of the girls’ accommodation and further support came from the High School’s head of guidance and support Liz Maxey, and head of law Sue Charlton, along with solicitors Rachel Stevens and Anita Toal and magistrate Micki Hemens.