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SmartLaw is a programme from Young Citizens.

Mock Trials

The Mock Trial Competitions are Young Citizens longest-running active citizenship experiences. Since 1991, we’ve provided unparalleled exposure to the criminal justice system, its venues and access to senior legal professionals.

We’ve been supplying our young citizens with specially written cases so they can try the law against their peers in courts around the UK. Young people play all the key roles involved in a criminal trial: from lawyers to witnesses.

Every year we coordinate more than 80 Mock Trial events in courtrooms across the UK with teams of young people competing against other schools. Each event takes place on a Saturday thanks to the invaluable support of volunteer legal professionals and our valued partners, who help give young people a detailed understanding of the justice system.

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