On Saturday 26th November 2016 at Leeds Combined Court Centre, a team of 14 students from Prior Pursglove College took part in the Leeds Heat of the Bar National Mock Trial Competition. The competition allows young people from all over the UK to battle out mock criminal trials in real crown courts, in order to gain an insight into the inner workings of the legal system. Students from 10 schools and colleges took on the roles of barristers and witnesses and presented their case against teams from other schools and colleges. Their performances were judged by Circuit Judges and practising barristers. The prize for the winning team from the regional heat is the chance to fight it out in the national final.
Despite very stiff competition from Greenhead College, Franklin College and North Halifax Grammar School, the team from Prior scored highly in all of their cases and finished third overall in the heat. They were praised by the judges for their “clear and concise questioning and their ability to spontaneously react to responses from witnesses”.
Student, Albany Kidd said “It was an amazing experience and gave me a fantastic insight into the skills needed to be a barrister. It has strengthened my desire to study Law at university and make this my future career.” Law Teacher, Kate Barnett, said “Although they did not reach the final, I am immensely proud of the performances of each and every member of the team. They did themselves and the college proud and got some amazing feedback from the judges. I am certain that this will not be the last time they appear in court as advocates.”