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SmartLaw is a programme from Young Citizens.

Timeline and Locations



  • From 11th May: Register your interest to receive a free Running a Mock Trial classroom pack to start preparation
  • Week beginning 6th July: Applications open
  • 18th September: Applications close (may remain open in undersubscribed areas)
  • From September*: School guides and student guides made available to all schools
  • 5th October: Virtual delivery questionnaire sent out to schools
  • 16th October: Last payment deadline – all payments to be made. Schools who have not paid by this date will not have access to the case.
  • Mid October: Case made available to schools who have paid. First send date of the Mock Trials Newsletter outlining preparation stage and additional support. Newsletter will be sent mid-month every month.
  • 16th November: Deadline for refunded withdrawals (minus a £40 administration fee)


  • January & February: Regional heat months – some heats will take place within school hours, some will take place on Saturdays. Please fill out the questionnaire with what works for you.
  • End of March – National Final

*Barrister/Student mentors: From October, 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 10th December 2020, please assume we were unable to find you one.


*With virtual heats, we will not be allocating schools to physical court locations but highlighting which location preferences you have will be useful in terms of any local support we can provide.

Northern Ireland: Belfast, Derry

Scotland: Glasgow

London: Inner London, Snaresbrook

Wales: Cardiff

Yorkshire and the Humber: Leeds

West Midlands: Birmingham

East Midlands: Leicester, Nottingham

South West: Bristol, Plymouth

South East: Guildford, Maidstone, Oxford, Reading, Southampton

East of England: Cambridge, Ipswich, Norwich

North West: Chester, Manchester, Preston

North East: Newcastle




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 or call us at 020 7566 4141.

Please see terms and conditions for further details.

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