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Rules

1. ENTRY TO THE COURT REPORTER AND COURT ARTIST COMPETITIONS

Entry to the competition is optional. Entry to all three of our Mock Trial Competitions entitles schools to two complimentary places per each individual competition. To enter the competitions, you must register for a SmartLaw account, complete an online application form, and pay the full entry fee for the main mock trial competition your school is taking part in.

2. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Each school is entitled two student submissions per competition. Students have to be from the same year group as the main mock trial team. Student entrants may be from the team itself or the wider school.

Individual students will attend the same regional heat as their school team who are participating in the Bar or Independent School Mock Trial Competitions.

Individual students will attend the same local heat as their school team who are participating in the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition. Please note that the competition does not take place at regional heat level in the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition.

3. PREPARATION: RESOURCES

Once you have been successful with your application and been allocated a local/regional heat, you will receive two guides for each competition. You must ensure that students who are interested in the individual competitions receive the appropriate competition guide so they can adequately prepare.

4. HEAT DAY: WHAT HAPPENS?

Individual students taking part in the Court Artist or Court Reporter competition will be invited to sit in Round 1 of the heat day. They will be seated in the observer gallery or in the dedicated ‘Press Seats’ depending on the court. Students do not have to be in the same courtroom as their team but lead teachers must make sure students are supervised by a teacher.

Students are invited to stay for the rest of the competition where they can observe other trials or use the time to work on their competition entries and notes.

If your team progresses to the next stage of the competition, individual court artists and court reporters who are not part of the team are still able to attend further stages of the competition but will not be able to submit any further entries from later stages of the competition.

5. SUBMITTING ENTRIES

Competition entries must be submitted after the trial itself and cannot be handed in on the day.

The lead teacher of the mock trial team must submit the entry via email to Young Citizens. Submissions must clearly state contain full student name, year group, school name and location, and the regional heat attended.

All submissions must be scanned in and sent by email to smartlaw@youngcitizens.org or sent by post to:
Mock Trials Team,
Young Citizens,
37 Heneage Street,
London E1 5LJ

6. DEADLINE

All entries must be submitted by 4pm on the competition deadline Friday 30th April to be considered for the competition.

7. JUDGING

Entries will be judged by professional court artists and court reporters. Previous judges include: Julia Quenzler, Priscilla Coleman and Joshua Rozenberg QC. They will judged in two age categories: 12 to 14 year olds and 15 to 18 year olds.

8. FEEDBACK AND PRIZES

Each entrant will receive a letter and certificate of participation. Runner up entries will receive certificates and individualised feedback from our judges. Winning entries will receive a winning certificate, a trophy, individualised feedback and entries may be posted on the Young Citizens website and social media channels.

 

 

NEED HELP?

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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