More Mock Trial success for Bushey Meads


Last Saturday, 17th May 2013, Ms Bailey, the school’s Highly Able co-ordinator, and Ms Knowles, Head of Social Sciences, Law and English teacher, took a group of twelve pupils from Years Eight and Nine to Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court for the regional heat of the Citizenship Foundation’s Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial competition.

Last Saturday, 17th May 2013, Ms Bailey, the school’s Highly Able co-ordinator, and Ms Knowles, Head of Social Sciences, Law and English teacher, took a group of twelve pupils from Years Eight and Nine to Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court for the regional heat of the Citizenship Foundation’s Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial competition.

The team had already won the local heat in Tottenham and were excited about the challenge of meeting even tougher opposition. The pupils had changed roles since the first round of the competition and they were determined to do their best on Saturday in their new roles.

The Prosecution team were in action first of all, including our Magistrates who were involved in both rounds of the competition, as was Juliana Kemp, our Legal Adviser and, later, our Usher. The case involved possesion of a bladed article, an offence that the ‘real’ magistrates who were involved in judging the competition informed us is being taken very seriously in the courts at the moment. Our Prosecution lawyers, Helen Stevenson (Year Nine) and Amie Champion (Year Eight) tried their best to prove that the defendant from our rival team was guilty but the verdict was returned as not guilty. This was a tough round and all of the girls performed well.

Our Defence lawyers, Amira Izhar and Nadia Naghibi, were in court next and they, along with our Defence witnesses, ensured that our defendant was acquitted of all the charges against her. Jess Pickles, acting as our defendant, Chris Bishop, gave a spirited performance and, once again, the girls felt that they had done well.

The moment of truth followed shortly afterwards…it had been a very close competition we were told…a complex scoring system had been followed to ensure that the best team were rewarded and…the best team, on this occasion, belonged to Bushey Meads. The girls were presented with medals and vouchers. They can be seen wearing them very proudly in the photo attached. They will be travelling to Birmingham in June for the national final and they are, already, very excited about that prospect. The school is very proud of all of them.

 

The team:

Year Nine: Kajal Dodhia, Amira Izhar, Juliana Kemp, Nadia Naghibi, Jessica Pickles, Helen Stevenson.

Year Eight: Shannon Ballantine, Amie Champion, Leoni Farrow, Abigail O’Reilly, Riya Patel, Katrina Phillimore.