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Colchester's Aspiring Lawyers Seek Success In National Mock Trials

Added: (Fri Nov 16 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Ambitious sixth-formers from Colchester County High School for Girls are preparing for the first round of the Bar National Mock Trial Competition, to be held in Norwich Crown Court on November 24 2001. The challenging competition, organised by the Citizenship Foundation, involves students taking on the parts of advocates, witnesses and court staff to contest a mock trial.

“The students have shown great enthusiasm,” said Mrs. Carole Chapman, the school’s co-ordinator for the competition. “They’ve learnt a lot about citizenship and the legal system and the experience they’ve gained will undoubtedly aid them in the future.”

The school has an impressive record in the junior section of the competition. Teams have twice been runners-up in the prestigious National Finals, which were judged by Cherie Booth QC and other top magistrates. This year’s senior team includes many participants from previous years who will be looking to repeat their previous successes.

In order to prepare for the first round, students have held consultations with Mr. Andrew Oliver, a local barrister, and intend to visit Chelmsford Crown Court next week. “It’s an unbeatable way to gain real court experience,” stated participant Michelle Cumming, 16. “It’s also a very fun and satisfying competition to take part in”.


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About the Bar National Mock Trial Competition

The competition provides a unique opportunity for 15-18 year olds to gain hands on experience of the workings of the legal system through mock trials held in regional Crown Courts.

The Competition is administered by the Citizenship Foundation, an independent charity which aims to promote the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, especially among young people. For more information please visit http://www.citfou.org.uk, telephone the Citizenship Foundation on 020 7367 0500 or write to:

Citizenship Foundation
Ferroner’s House
Shaftesbury Place
London EC2Y 8AA

You can also contact the competition co-ordinator directly on 020 7367 0514 or e-mail sandra.bell@citfou.org.uk

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London
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