What is it?

Prestigious National competition attended by High Sheriff, Judges, Magistrates, Mayors and other VIPs.

Berkshire Heats and Regional Final held at Reading Crown Court.

Develop transferrable skills -public speaking, teamwork and critical thinking in a real Court.

Excellent experience info for CVs and UCAS.

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Who Is Involved? The Competition is coordinated nationally by Young Citizens. Our Patron is the High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire, Mr Willie Hartley Russel MVO DL. Berkshire Magistrates organise the running of both the heats and the Berkshire Regional Final. Magistrates visit schools to help teams prepare.

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Who Can Take Part?

Open to teams from all Berkshire State Schools (non fee-paying).

Students in Years 8 or 9. No previous experience of law needed.

Step by step online resources and visits from magistrates to help teams prepare.


Details of how to apply are available here…

Click to download the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition Leaflet

Quote from 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.’ National Champions - Ranelagh in 2018 and 2019
Support available.
A team of magistrates are available to support and guide schools through the process of entering and preparing the team.

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Local heats take place in March, followed by the regional final in May and the National Final in June.

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Entry Info
Entry fee £165 for one team, £215 for two teams. Cash prizes for winning teams in the heats and in the Regional Final

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