Long Sutton students in court

The legal team from The Peele Community College.
The legal team from The Peele Community College.
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Long Sutton students have had their moment in court – and are satisfied justice has been served.

A group of pupils from The Peele Community College entered the Mock Court Trial competition within the Lincolnshire heat.

The young people are presented with a fictitious court case in this national competition organised by the Citizenship Foundation. The case was designed so that the final verdict could go either way.

The Long Sutton students had to appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court last Monday, competing against two other county schools.

They were required to take on roles as magistrates, prosecution and defence solicitors, witnesses, usher and legal advisors, and to present a case based on initial statements.

Following that, the prosecution and defence had to battle it out against students from other schools.

A staff member said: “The Peele students were convincing and the prosecution secured a guilty verdict and the defence were awarded a not guilty verdict.

“The students worked hard leading up to the competition and were coached by chair of governors George Hoyles, magistrates Richard Spinks and Christine Hurst, and Stuart Morrow.”

The team now progresses to another case in Mansfield.