OBA staff, Mrs Jarvis, Mr Hussey and Mr Bird have already started start to recruit a team of students from Years 8 and 9, to prepare for the annual Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial competition, which will take place at Warrington Law Courts next March.
What is MCMT?
Over 95 per cent of criminal cases (more than a million every year) are dealt with by magistrates, yet many people know very little about what they do.
The Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition, which has been running annually since 1994, introduces the legal system to young people in an innovative and exciting way.
In the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff, students prosecute and defend specially written criminal cases. Teams compete against each other in real Magistrates’ courts in front of genuine magistrates.
What does it deliver?
This year, when asked how the students benefit from taking part, 95% of teachers said it improved their
- knowledge and understanding of the legal system
- public speaking
- ability to develop an argument
- analytical skills.
How does it work?
Students compete in teams of 12/13 and must be in Years 8 and/or 9. They are all are supplied with comprehensive preparation materials, such as a competition guide, lesson plans and a specially written criminal case.
School teams then play off against each other in local heats. The winners compete in a regional final and, in turn, those winners meet in a national final. The winner of the national final walks away with a shield, prizes for the team (which in the past have included book tokens for the students and resources for the school) and a deserving sense of pride.
Mrs Jarvis said;
“This is a superb way to raise students understanding and knowledge of the law in action. It has raised confidence and achievement in our school and we look forward to working with a new team of enthusiastic students this term.”