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08 February 2019

President encourages members to get involved in mock trial competition

The President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, Suzanne Rice, is encouraging local solicitors to get involved and to volunteer as a judge in the Mock Magistrates’ Court Trial (MMCT) competition 2019.

The national competition has been successfully run for a number of years and continues to provide a practical platform for local schools and students to interact with the legal profession.

Commenting the President Suzanne Rice said:

"I would encourage our members to consider the invitation to volunteer and support this important initiative which helps create a better awareness of the legal and justice system in Northern Ireland with local schools".

 


Mock Magistrates’ Court Trial (MMCT) competition 2019

Background

Each year, schools across Northern Ireland are invited to participate in a Mock Magistrates’ Court Trial (MMCT) competition, organised by the Young Citizens Foundation in partnership with The Northern Ireland Courts & Tribunal service (NICTS). 

The competition, which has been running for 25 years, is an example of ‘citizenship education’ which is designed to help students understand what it means to belong to communities; to understand the language of morality and rights; and of responsibilities towards others. 

It aims to foster respect for the law, justice and democracy and an understanding of how laws are made and upheld.  In addition, it helps equip young people to deal with situations of conflict and controversy both knowledgeably and tolerantly and to understand the consequences of their actions and of those around them.  Through this competition, pupils will learn how to recognize bias, evaluate argument, weigh evidence, and look for alternative interpretations, viewpoints and sources of evidence. 

2019

This year, the event will be held in Craigavon Court on Saturday 9 March 2019 and it is anticipated that 12 schools from across Northern Ireland will be participating. 

NICTS are inviting members of the Society and Bar to volunteer to sit on a panel which will judge the performance of the 12 teams on the day of the competition.

Please click here to download a copy of the 'Judge – Volunteer Role Guide’ for your information.

In order to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the competition, NICTS is hoping to secure the support of a minimum of 14 legal practitioners to perform this role.

If interested please contact:

Barbara McCrory

Court Administrator

Craigavon Court

Telephone - 028 92625064

Email: Barbara.mccrory@courtsni.gov.uk

 

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