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Timeline and Locations

Timeline

2024

  • Before applications open: Download our free Running a Mock Trial classroom pack to start preparation.
  • Summer Term 2024: Applications open. School guides and student guides made available to all schools.
  • 9th September: Applications close (may remain open in undersubscribed areas). Cases released.
  • 13th September: Last payment deadline – all payments to be made.
  • 4th October: Deadline for refunded withdrawals (minus a £40 administration fee).
  • November – early December*: Heat Months. Most heats will take place on a Saturday (proposed dates – 9th/16th/23rd/30th/7th); you will be notified if this is not the case.

2025

  • January*: Dependent on venue availability, we may need to host some physical heats in January. You will be notified if this is the case. Any virtual heats will take place in January. Most heats will take place on a Saturday; you will be notified if this is not the case.
  • March/April: National Final for Regional Heat winners.
  • 23rd May: Deadline for Court Artist/Court Reporter submissions.

* We are unable to take into consideration date OR month preferences from schools as this is dependent on venue availability.

Locations

Locations of our Bar Mock Trial heats for the 2024/25 cycle will be subject to the availability of local venues as well as subsequent interest from a sufficient number of schools. Provisional locations are: Birmingham, Chester, Ipswich, Kent, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Norwich, Oxford, Preston, Reading, Scotland, Southampton and South Wales.
Please select your preferred top two locations in your application form, and we will endeavour to ensure you are placed in your most convenient heat.

 

*Team mentors: From August, we will start allocating mentors to schools who have paid; we aim to prioritise new schools. If you have not received information concerning a mentor by the end of September, please assume we were unable to find you one.

**In 2024/25, we will be allocating in stages. If we have been able to confirm your venue by the 17th September, you will take part in a  heat in November – early December. If we secure your heat after this date, you will take part in a virtual or physical heat in January. Any virtual heats will take place on weekdays from January. 

 

NEED HELP?

See FAQs for quick answers to common questions, also see the competition’s Rules. If you have any questions about our Mock Trial Competitions, email us at or call us on 020 7566 4141.

Please see terms and conditions for further details.

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