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Bar Mock Trial Competition (15-18yo) – Crown Courts

We regret to inform you that we are cancelling the National Final at the Old Bailey on the 21st March 2020 due to the current situation concerning COVID-19. In our 29 years of the competition, this is the first National Final we have ever had to cancel. 

Despite our best efforts to stick to government guidelines and carry on with our plans, this is no longer possible. We have had several withdrawals based on individual school policy on cancelling external events and we have been approached by others to consider cancelling the event based on logistic difficulties carrying on would cause. We have weighed up everyone’s concerns and have not come to this decision lightly. 

We know that this will cause logistic issues in terms of cancelling accommodation and travel. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. As you can appreciate, as a small charity we have also been adversely impacted by this turn of events, however we intend to push ahead with organising the 2020/21 Bar Mock Trials, and will be re-opening applications on 20th April 2020. 

We thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. 



The Bar Mock Trial competition is a unique opportunity for students aged 15-18 from all over the UK to gain unparalleled insight into the justice system. The competition immerses students in all aspects of a criminal trial, as they take on the roles of barristers, witnesses, clerks, ushers and jury members.

Students appear in real crown courts in front of real judges and are assisted in their preparations by professional barristers.

Every year since 1991, the competition has supplemented traditional classroom learning by encouraging the development of essential skills such as logical reasoning, clear communication and teamwork. We welcome students from all backgrounds and from all skill levels – there is no need to have any legal or debating experience in order to take part.

The Bar Mock Trial Competition is run by Young Citizens and supported by The Bar Council of England and Wales, The Faculty of Advocates, The Bar of Northern Ireland, HMCTS, the Circuits and the Inns of Court.

The Bar Mock Trial regional finals take place throughout November with the national final being held at the end of March at the Old Bailey.

This year’s regional heats will be in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Chester, Derry, Glasgow, Guildford, Inner London, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Maidstone, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Preston, Reading, Snaresbrook, Southampton.

To view the full timeline, click here.

Applications for the Bar Mock Trial Competition 2019/20 are now closed!


Please see terms and conditions for further details.

You can find out more about this competition by downloading this Introduction to the Bar Mock Trial Competition.

For additional help or information please email





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