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SmartLaw is a programme from Young Citizens.

Court Artist and Court Reporter Competition

What is it?

The Court Artist and Court Reporter Competitions are individual entry competitions that run alongside the Mock Trial Competitions. Both the competitions explore how wider society is informed about what happens in court and is involved in the justice system. They allow individuals from your team and the wider school community to participate in a competition and allow young people to explore a different set of skills from research, writing to art styles and sketching.

All entries will be judged by professional court artists and court reporters. Previous judges include: Julia Quenzler, Priscilla Coleman and Joshua Rozenberg QC.

Court Artist Competition

Courtroom sketches are important because in most courts, cameras are not allowed in to respect privacy and prevent distraction. Journalists often rely on court sketches to report on trials. In real life, artists write brief notes about the hair, facial features, clothing and body language of the main players, before transferring the image to paper outside the courtroom. All drawing is done from memory, often very quickly.

In the competition, young people will attend either a local heat or a regional heat and will be allowed to sketch inside the courtroom itself.

Court Reporter Competition

Newspapers routinely report what happens in court to make sure that justice is being applied fairly. It is important that the public knows what happens in trials so they can see justice in action. This is known as ‘open justice’. Journalists often go to court to report on the cases being heard. The reporter will take notes to record the trial. These notes are important because they are used to make sure the report is accurate.

In the competition, young people will attend either a local heat or regional heat, take notes on the trial and court proceedings and after the trial produce a report of what happened.

What do I need to do?

Entry to all three of our Mock Trial Competitions entitles schools to two complimentary places per each individual competition. You will need to ensure students who are interested receive their role guide to help them prepare for the competition.

 

 

NEED HELP?

See the competition’s Rules. If you have any questions about our competitions, email us or call us at 020 7566 4141.

Please see terms and conditions for further details.

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