Law Students Triumph in Mock Trial Competion!

Published on 10 November 2014

Law Students Triumph in Mock Trial Competion!

A group of Year 12 and 13 law students were selected to compete in a mock trial competition at Bedfordshire Magistrates’ Court against other schools in Bedfordshire.  The day was jam-packed and involved observation of a demonstration trial, preparation and presentation of three trials involving the offences of common assault, criminal damage and taking a motor vehicle without consent. 

The students were divided into teams as follows:

  • The Court Team - Marty Wolf (Chairman), Louise Docherty (Legal Adviser), Katie Saunders (Court Usher) Beth Mills (Magistrate) Isobel Winward (Magistrate) and Georgia Hing (Court Usher)
  • The Prosecution Team - Steph Grosse (Advocate), Rhianna Gurney (Witness), Harry Cawood (Police Officer) Harvey Kemp (Witness)
  • The Defence Team - Alex Barnes (Advocate), Michael Carter (Defendant), Dana Ord (Witness)

The students had a team of experts to help them prepare, which included the lawyer featured on 24 hours in Police Custody, a programme currently aired on Channel 4.

The team were fantastic, with some exceptional performances.  Steph Grosse illustrated real skill with her examination in chief and cross-examination of witnesses, whilst Alex Barnes showed the lawyers how it is done using no notes at all!  Rhianna Gurney won an award for Best Performance for her role in which she played an elderly woman who witnessed an offence of criminal damage.

Vandyke were awarded second place with the judges commenting that there was only one point between Vandyke and the winning team! The experience was really valuable, working on advocacy and analysis skills, and the students have an insight into what a day in court is really like!

Miss Davies

Team Leader of Law