Lessons in Law

Lessons in Law

In December following many outstanding auditions, we found out that we that we had earned a position on the Magistrate’s Court Mock Trial Team lead by Mrs Dickson.  The competition involves the team taking on the roles of barristers, witnesses and court staff in a specially written case.  The team then compete in two rounds against other schools, once as the prosecution and then as the defence.   After many practices the day of the competition approached.  On Saturday the 11th of March, we accompanied by Mrs McCann and Mrs Dickson travelled to Dungannon court.  We competed against Methody and Strathearn with the case of Bek Lejohn, a student charged with domestic burglary.  We enjoyed our time at the competition immensely and we all met new friends.  Unfortunately despite out best efforts, we did not win the competition. 

The members of the judiciary who were judging the competition commented on the student’s performance, “very well prepared, great conviction and confidence” and “The team performed well together, great preparation and presentation skills shown.”

By Elaine Heaney 10B


The Mock Magistrates 2017 Team

Court Artist: Erin McKay 9B


Court reporter: Elaine Heaney 10B


Barristers Defence: Zara Conlon 9C & Miah Lynch 10C


Barristers Prosecution: Emma Seenan 9C & Aoife Murray 9D


Usher: Niamh Hughes 10C


Legal Advisor/Court Clerk: Sophia Lavery 10c


Witnesses: Emma McDonagh 10C, Rachael McClintock 9A, Aoibhinn Hughes 10C & Natasha Dunlop 10F


Magistrates: Jenna Farrell 10D, Meabh Kearney 9D, Emerson Wickham 9E