9th March 2019
Writing: Seb Mukherjee (Year 8) and Miss Cronin
Dr Challoner’s were delighted to be a part of the Magistrates Mock Trial Competition for the first time this year. Thirteen students from Year 8 and Year 9 made their way to High Wycombe Magistrates Court following weeks of preparation. The students, having had no experience of Law or being in a courtroom, took on roles such as Lawyers, Magistrates, Legal Advisers and Witnesses with gusto, developing not only their knowledge of the British Justice system but also their analytical skills, teamwork and public speaking.
During the preparation, the team had the opportunity to try on a QC’s robe and wig and visit the court ahead of their participation, our students spent hours analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the case which without question helped them give an exceptional performance when competing against seven other schools on the day.
The team was delighted to learn that one of our Prosecution Lawyers had been commended for his Cross Examination and that the three Magistrates won the trophy for the ‘Best Bench’!
An incredible team effort from this group of trailblazing students!
Miss Cronin, Enrichment Manager
“The whole experience in court was fantastic. I learned so many new things about what happens inside a courtroom, and it was an event I will never forget. It has also boosted my confidence in public speaking hugely, and it was so much fun taking part in this competition and I strongly recommend it for future Years 8 and 9. It was great being able to go head-to-head against different schools as a team, and despite having no knowledge or real interest in law, I still loved it and found the experience wonderful.”
Sebastian Mukherjee - Year 8