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The 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.

  • A national competition for Year 8 and 9 students held at Reading Crown Court.
  • 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 & CVs.

The Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition is part of the Young Citizens ‘citizenship experiences’ and helps to improve young people’s life skills, their understanding of the justice system and the legal system, and helps them to understand that the law touches every aspect of their lives and develops some of the soft skills that can be used throughout their lives.

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.

Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition Leaflet

Student participant, Witness, Ranelagh School:

‘I was a witness and I really enjoyed learning my script to be asked questions about it by the opposite half of our team’s lawyer. She was very good at being intimidating and thinking on her feet so I had to really up my game to match her skills. I think I rose to the challenge and I think that this experience has been great for my public speaking and my confidence as I am not naturally a particularly outgoing person but the others on the team are. Overall, this has been great fun and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.’

Ranelagh School – National Champions 2018

2nd Place – The Holt School, Wokingham

3rd Place – Charters School, Ascot

Ranelagh School Celebrating their win in 2018

National Champions – Ranelagh School in 2018

A team of magistrates are available to support and guide schools through the process of entering and preparing the team.
Local heats take place on Saturday 9th March and Saturday 16th March 2019, followed by the regional final on Saturday 18th May 2019 all at Reading Crown Court.  Successful schools progress through to the National Final in June.
Entry fee £155, but participating schools receive £30 reimbursement to offset the costs on the day of the heat. Cash prizes for winning top 3 teams in the heats and top 3 in the Regional Final