Norfolk school pupils take part in mock trial competition

Students in Norfolk found out what it was like to be on all sides of a courtroom this weekend when they took part in the national mock trial competition.

Year eight and nine pupils took part in the contest at Norwich Magistrates' Court which saw them take on a variety of roles from solicitors and clerks to defendants and witnesses.

Groups from Thetford Academy, Springwood High in King's Lynn, Long Stratton High, and Wymondham College took it in turns to represent the prosecution and defence teams in a series of mock trials.

They were supported by Norfolk magistrates Helen Copperthwaite and Mary-Anne Massey, who chaired the benches made up of school pupils.

Judges, which included magistrates Wendy Mantin and Francis Crawley, and Crown Prosecution Service lawyers Richard White and Angela Biston, named Wymondham College as the overall winners.

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They will go on to compete at the regional heat in Northampton in May.

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