On 14 December 2023, His Majesty King Charles III observed a mock trial carried out by students from Ashcroft Technology Academy – a London secondary school taking part in Young Citizens’ National Bar Mock Trial Competition.
The mock trial took place during a special event at the Royal Courts of Justice celebrating the relationship between the monarchy and the judiciary.
The King was met by Lady Carr, Lady Chief Justice of England and Wales, who hosted his visit, as well as many judges and magistrates, and Judicial Office and HM Courts and Tribunals Service staff.
The visit recognised the valuable role played by magistrates, members of the public who volunteer to deliver justice, and the extensive outreach activity undertaken by Diversity and Community Relations judges and magistrates (DCRJs and DCRMs).
Commenting on the event, the Lady Chief Justice said: “It was a great honour to welcome His Majesty to the Royal Courts of Justice and to do so on behalf of the judiciary of England and Wales. The King reflected upon the deep importance of our independent judiciary to the nation and the rule of law. He was pleased to be able to meet judges from many different areas of the justice system, including those who volunteer as magistrates.”
About Mock Trials
Established in 1991, the Young Citizens Mock Trial Competitions provide school teams with specially written cases so they can try the law against their peers in courthouses around the UK. Find out more here.