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Mock trial competitions

Mock trials are an effective way of helping young people understand how the legal system works.

Bar Mock Trial Competition

Students play barristers in the Bar National Mock Trial Competition

In the last 25 years - 1991-2016 - more than 53,000 students in years 10 to 13 have taken part in our criminal mock trials, in real courts and in front of real judges. And all thanks to wonderful support from The Bar Council.

To help us mark its 25th anniversary, we would love to hear from anyone that has been part of this competition over the years. If you were involved at any time, please do get in touch to tell us what you're doing now!

More about the Bar Mock Trial Competition 

Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition

Students play lawyers in the Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition

Teams of school students in years eight and nine go head to head in local Magistrates' Courts.

'I think it's an excellent way for [children] to learn a bit about the criminal justice system.


'I think a lot of children probably only know about the courtrooms from what they see on television, on Eastenders. It's interesting for them to actually come into a courtroom to see what happens, to learn about the criminal justice process.'

Diana Kirsch, joint Director, Pro Bono Centre, BPP Law School, London.

More about the Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition 

Are you a lawyer or magistrate? Would you like to be involved in our mock trial competitions? If so, do drop us an email.

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