The Magistrates Court Mock Trial Competition The Young Citizens' Mock Trial Competition has run since 1994 and each year involves more than 4,000 students from schools all around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is a national competition coordinated for Year 8 and 9 students with Berkshire Heats and the Regional Final all held at Reading Crown Court. Successful teams progress to the National Final. School teams of between 12 and 16 students learn about the criminal justice system by prosecuting and defending a realistic criminal case.It gives students a unique insight into how criminal courts operate. Many previous competitors have subsequently gone into a career in Law. Excellent for UCAS and CVs. The Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition is part of the Young Citizens ‘citizenship experiences’ and helps to improve young people’s life skills. It enhances their understanding of the justice system and the legal system, and helps them to understand that the law touches every aspect of their lives. It can also develop some of the transferable soft skills which are used every day. The students take on the various roles in a trial and try a case against another school with the assistance of real life magistrates, legal advisers, court staff and other legal professionals.