Students from 11 Worcestershire schools took place in a mock trial competition on Saturday 10, March, at Worcester Magistrates Court. The students were able to take part in mock trials as prosecutors, magistrates, defendants and journalists. The students aged 12-14 played out the case of a defendant accused of being in possession of a bladed article. Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College was awarded the winning team, with Evesham-based Prince Henry’s High School being awarded runner-up.     

Students from both schools will now move on to the regional final in May, with the winner moving on to the national final at the Victoria Law Courts in Birmingham in June. Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, who helped fund the event, told The Worcester News, said: "The competition is a really good opportunity for young people to learn about the criminal justice system. “Hopefully all those taking part found it fun and informative, and that is will give them an insight into why they wouldn't want to be in court themselves and having to take the stand."

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