Mock Magistrates Court Competition
Congratulations to Mock Magistrates’ Court Competition Team
Eight schools were scheduled to take part in the Mock Magistrates’ Court Competition, which took place on Saturday 10 March - a national competition, which gives students an opportunity to take on the roles of court professionals. We were both excited and a little bit nervous when we left school at 11am to travel to Reading Crown Court in the school minibus. Just before the competition started, we were introduced to the High Sheriff of Reading, Mrs Scrope who talked us through the competition and attended both of our rounds. The Mayor and Mayoress of Windsor & Maidenhead, Mr and Mrs Lenton also attended our first round.
The first round was represented by our Prosecution team Hannah Kearney, Destiny Darley, Grace Hopkins, Kodi Hoffman, Raphael Fox, Zak Serne-Hill; our Magistrates Christian Casciello, Amber Barr and Eleanor Mansbridge. After some very convincing cross-examining, our Prosecution team won their round. Our Defence team was represented by Lily Wilson, Charley Barron, Eloise Nugent, Nathan McGrath and our Usher Phoebe Souter. They were equally convincing and also won their case. Many who took part were encouraged by attending Magistrates to think seriously about following a career in law.
As a result of our hardwork and excellent presence in the two rounds of the competition, we came third overall and won an Amazon voucher for the school. Great reporting and drawings were also done by Hannah Tibbets, Adina Gimba and Paris Davies and we hope our artist and reporter entries by Zara Kiyani and Miriam Chee are successful.
We were supported by many family members of the team and we all enjoyed a great day. Let’s hope we can come first or second next year and get into the regional finals!
Hannah Kearney & Lily Wilson