On 22nd April 2016, a group of Year 12 and Year 13 students travelled to London to compete in the National Finals of the prestigious law competition, The Bar Mock Trial, having won the regional heats for the first time in the school’s history. On arrival we were divided into teams, representing either the prosecution or the defence on two different cases.
The trip included a visit to the House of Commons and a Jack the Ripper Tour, after which we began to practise for the following day, meeting twelve other school teams.
Despite not winning, we all had a really enjoyable experience and gained valuable insight into the intricacies of criminal law cases. We stood before experienced judges and met like-minded students – something which we particularly enjoyed. We appreciated the opportunity to discuss the cases and broaden our minds to their legal perspectives. The trip certainly increased our competitive spirit.