Mock Bar Trial

RHS wins National Independent Schools' Mock Bar Trial

Budding lawyers from the Royal Hospital School took part and retained their title as winners of the Citizenship Foundation's National Independent Schools' Mock Bar Trial Competition this weekend. The competition, only in its second year, was held at the Inner London Crown Court and each case was ruled over by a judge. The team of 13 pupils from Years 10-13 learnt about their case and roles assisted by two parents with legal backgrounds; Her Honour Judge Emma Peters, a Crown Court Judge, and Mrs Sue Dixon, who is a barrister in criminal law. With generous assistance from their mentors, the pupils dedicated their Tuesday evenings over the last 12 weeks to meet and learn the legal jargon and procedures.

On the day the pupils looked at two criminal cases - one involving a case of violence and the other regarding an imitation firearm. They spent time looking at both sides of these cases preparing for prosecution and defence. The teams also had to prepare witnesses who gave evidence in court, being subjected to fierce cross examination alongside a court usher and court clerk. After three rounds, the Royal Hospital School went through to the final against Kings College Wimbledon where the team had to prosecute a complex case of using a fake firearm to cause intimidation. After emotive closing speeches, the jury retired to find the defendant not guilty.

The judge then gave his own verdict on the day's proceedings naming the Royal Hospital School winners of the National Independent Schools' Mock Bar Trail Competition for the second year running.