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Students in the dock for mock trial

Published on 26/03/18

Young legal eagles from Jane Austen College had their day in court when they took part in the Norfolk heat of the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial competition.

They took on roles including magistrates, lawyers, witnesses, and ushers to try a fictional case, competing against three other Norfolk schools to win a place in the regional heats.

The Mock Trial Competition is an annual, nationwide contest for secondary school students, which aims to help young people understand the justice system and develop their life skills.

The Jane Austen students were mentored by a Norwich magistrate as part of their preparation, increasing their legal knowledge and confidence in public speaking.

Director of progress and achievement Sabrina Peck said: “This was the first time the school had competed and the students found the process really interesting.

“A huge amount was learned and we look forward to challenging the title again next year.”