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Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition (12-14yo)

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If you are participating in the new format for 2020/21, please ensure you read our FAQ

What is it?

The Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition helps young people understand how the law touches every aspect of their lives, gaining an insight into how the legal justice system works.

Schools will be given access to resources, including a specially written criminal case, to help teams prepare legal arguments. After preparation, your team will take part in a local heat and go head-to-head with other schools to prosecute and defend the case. The first round of winners will then compete in a regional heat with a new case. Winning teams from regional heats will battle both cases out at a National Final.

How will it benefit my students?

For most students it is their first experience of the law. There is no better way to introduce them, than in a fun and engaging experience that stays with them for life.

Students who take part are encouraged to think critically, build arguments and boost their confidence. The experience will help students develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society.

As a teacher who recently led her team said:

Competing in the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition is a fantastic opportunity for pupils. Not only do they get to understand the legal system and have the opportunity to visit a court setting but it also allows pupils to build leadership skills and confidence as they build their cases.”

  • Mary, Teacher, East Point Academy

What do I need to do?

Our Mock Trial Competitions are designed to be accessible for everyone – you do not need any expertise in the law. Once your school has applied and paid the entrance fee, you will be given all the guidance you need to run the competition in your school.

Applications for Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition 2020/21 have now closed.  


You can also register your interest for next year’s competition to receive our new Running a Mock Trial Classroom Pack for free!

You can find out more about this competition by downloading this introduction to the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition.

Please see our instructional video for help with the application process.




See FAQs for quick answers to common questions, see timeline & locations for dates and heat venues, also 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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