Bar Mock Trial Competition - now in its 25th successful year! #BMT25
Young people in state schools across Britain have battled out mock criminal trials in real crown courts for a quarter of a century! More than 53,000 of them in fact, all learning how the legal system works.
The Bar Mock Trial Competition involves:
- 2,500 students in years 10 to 13;
- 300 barristers and advocates;
- 90 judges.
Law is arbitrary to many people, not seen as something that protects them. How do you help people understand the reasons for making and changing laws and to appreciate the complex processes involved?
In the Bar Mock Trial Competition, state school students take on the roles of barristers and witnesses and present their case against teams from other schools. First; they have to become familiar with the case; then, they have to battle it out in real courtrooms, in front of real judges.
Their performances are judged by Circuit Judges, Recorders (Sheriffs in Scotland) and senior barristers or advocates. Winning teams from regional heats then fight it out in a prestigious national final.
The Bar Mock Trial Competition has run every year since 1991, involving more than 2,000 state school students each time - in fact, more than 53,000 young people have taken part over the 25 years.
The competition is made possible with the help of legal professionals who volunteer their time, including 300 barristers and advocates and 90 judges from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This year, the grand final - featuring nearly 300 students from 18 schools across the UK - was in London's magnificant Central Criminal Court at the Old Bailey.
53,000 young people! Were you one of them?
Since 1991, tens of thousands of young people have been involved in the Bar Mock Trial Competition. That's a lot of people, with a lot of interesting stories. If you were one of them, we would love to hear what you've done with your life since - find out more..!
'The legal profession has been brought much closer to school children in a way that could not have been achieved in the classroom.'
'The Bar Mock Trials competition is now in its 25th year and the Bar Council is extremely proud to be associated with it. This competition enables young people of all backgrounds to better understand the law and the role of barristers within our justice system. The quality of advocacy on display and the commitment of the students, teachers and barrister mentors gives us great confidence in the future of our profession'.
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, Chairman of the Bar Council 2016
Everything else you need to know about this competitions is now on our dedicated Law in Schools website.