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Students’ legal skills put on trial

Published on 27/03/17

Students from East Point Academy have appeared in court for a contest of legal knowledge, teamwork, and public speaking skills.

Teams from Year 8 and Year 9 took part in the Magistrates’ Mock Trial competition at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, March 11.

Each team took turns arguing the case for the prosecution and defence in a fictional legal case involving a teenager accused of breaking into a house to steal a PlayStation 4.

Pupils played the roles of the court usher, legal advisor, lawyers, magistrates, defendant, and witnesses.

The cases were judged by real-life magistrates, with the Year 8 team winning one of their cases and the Year 9s triumphing in both of theirs.

The event was organised by the Citizenship Foundation, which inspires young people to become active citizens by helping them to understand the law, politics, and democratic life.

East Point Academy’s literacy co-ordinator Mary-Jane King said: “This was an excellent opportunity to gain an insight into the legal and justice systems in this country.

“The pupils were exemplary throughout the trials and proved a tough opposition, which is amazing considering this was our first time at the competition.

“They should be very proud of themselves!”