It’s a date in the dock for young legal eagles

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School students prepare to appear in the mock court competition in Manchester

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School students prepare to appear in the mock court competition in Manchester

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STUDENTS from Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School will make their second appearance in court.

But the year eight and nine pupils are taking part in the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial competition.

The small group of pupils are taking part in the competition which aims to introduce the legal system to young people in an innovative and exciting way, giving them the opportunity to gain hands on experience.

Students take on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff and prepare the prosecution and defence of specially written criminal cases.

Teams compete against each other in a live format at Magistrates’ Courts with their performances judged by Magistrates and other legal professionals.

The school has been practising two trials and will go head to head with five other schools in Manchester today.

If successful they will appear at the national finals in Nottingham in June. Hipperholme and Lightcliffe teacher Tiffany Peers said: “The students are really good and motivated. They have give up a lot of their time to do it and are very keen to stay after school and work on it.”

Rastrick High School also took part in a court contest in Leeds last week but did not get through.