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Students in the dock for national mock trial competition

PUBLISHED: 17:07 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:14 26 March 2018

Students from Jane Austen College take part in the Magistrates' Court Mock Trial competition.

Students from Jane Austen College take part in the Magistrates' Court Mock Trial competition.

Jane Austen College

Young legal eagles from a Norwich school had their day in court taking part in the Norfolk heat of the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial competition.

Students from Jane Austen College took on roles including magistrates, lawyers, witnesses, and ushers to try a fictional case, competing against three other Norfolk schools to win a place in the regional heats.

The Mock Trial Competition is a nationwide contest which takes place annually, with the aim of helping young people to understand the justice system and developing their life skills.

The students were mentored by a Norwich magistrate as part of their preparation increasing their legal knowledge.

Sabrina Peck, director of progress and achievement, said: “This was the first time the school had competed.

“A huge amount was learned and we look forward to challenging the title again next year.”

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