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Annual Review
Year ending 30 September 2002

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Bar Mock Trial Competition
Magistrates' Mock Trial Competition
Judges and Schools
Speakers for Schools
Linklaters Twinning Scheme

People can neither exercise their rights nor accept their responsibilities without knowing what they are.

Bar National Mock Trial Competition

Around 2,500 young people took part in this unique introduction to the law and legal system in 2001/2002. Playing the parts of barristers, witnesses, defendants, jurors and court staff, participants were judged by real judges, recorders and sheriffs in crown courts across the UK.

The national final was held for the first time at the Old Bailey, with the grand final in the historic surroundings of Court 1 presided over by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf. By an unprecedented margin of just 1 point, Ponteland Community School from Newcastle became the national champions.

– Visit the Bar National Mock Trial Competition web page.

Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition

This competition, open to 12—14 year olds, is our most popular active learning project, with 400 schools participating in 2001/2002. Like the Bar Mock Trial, students take on the roles of those involved in a fictitious criminal case to learn about this unique part of the legal system. After a testing national final at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, the 2002 winning team was from Arden School in Solihull.

– Visit the Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition web page.

Judges and Schools Guide

At the request of the Lord Chancellor’s Department, we produced an accessible and appealing guide to court visits for schools to use either in preparation for the mock trial competitions or independently. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf and Rosie Winterton MP, Parliamentary Secretary for the Lord Chancellor’s Department, launched the guide at the House of Commons in February 2002.

Speakers for Schools

Piloted in 2000/2001, Speakers for Schools was launched nationally in May 2002 at an event at City of Leicester School. This innovative project links barristers with local schools, where they lead participatory workshops with students on human rights issues. 700 barristers have so far volunteered to take part across the UK. We are now looking to open the model to a wide variety of professions.

Linklaters Twinning Scheme

This successful scheme which twins city solicitors with inner-city schools was this year opened to qualified solicitors as well as trainees at Linklaters. It currently involves three schools in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, and we are seeking to work with more law firms to expand the scheme.

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