Bar Mock Trial Regional Competition

January 16, 2023 04:02pm

Year 12 students win the Bar Mock Trial Regional Heat Competition.

Year 12 students from Rochester Grammar School in Medway, entered a team into the Regional Heats of the Bar Mock Trial Competition at the University of Kent on Saturday 14th January 2023.

The Bar Mock Trial Competition is designed to help young people, aged 15 to 18 years old, understand how the law touches every aspect of their lives, thus gaining insight into how the legal justice system works.

Throughout the process, students are encouraged to think critically and build arguments while having the opportunity to interact with legal professionals. The competition helps to develop students’ employability skills and a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society.

The students have been preparing for the competition since mid-November, picking apart two hypothetical trials and then arguing for either the prosecution or defence against other competing schools in Kent. The heats took place at the University of Kent in front of real judges.

Through hard work, determination, and carefully thought out cases, the team from Rochester Grammar came away victorious, being awarded the title of Bar Mock Trial Regional Heat Winner 2023.

This is a phenomenal achievement for the students and the first step toward the National Final, which takes place at the Old Bailey later this year.

A huge congratulations to every member of the team!

Ria Gilby – Barrister
Ingrid Linn – Barrister
Isabella Barron – Barrister
Elina Burrha – Barrister
Rachel Acquah – Witness
Banita Kaur – Witness
Ria Sampla – Witness
Alice Wilson – Witness
Stephanie Gurwe – Court Clerk
Alex Maclean Simon – Usher
Talia Lyn-Cook – Juror
Yusra Quium – Juror
Dhiya Shokar – Juror
Ada Swilczewska – Juror
Nandana Vipin – Juror

Next stop, the National competition at The Old Bailey!