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 Library 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 in Edinburgh at the Court of Session on 23rd March.
During the 2018/19 programme cycle, there are regional finals being held in: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Chester, Derry, Glasgow, Guildford, Inner London, Ipswich, Kingston Upon Hull, Leeds, Maidstone, Manchester, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Preston, Reading, Snaresbrook, Southampton, & Stafford.
Applications for the Bar Mock Trial Competition 2018/19 have closed. Teachers can access the resources when logged in.
You can find out more about this competition by downloading this Introduction to the Bar Mock Trial Competition.
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