Mock Trial team triumphant

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Mackie Academy Mock Trial team became reigning Scottish champions after triumphing over stiff competition at the Scottish heat.

Carrying on from the recent regional competition held in Aberdeen at the start of last month, the Mackie Academy Mock Trial team moved on to the next stage, the Scottish heat at Glasgow High Court.

Following three hard-fought rounds of competition, against teams from across Scotland, Mackie reached the final where they were up against Greenfaulds High School from Cumbernauld.

Mackie then won the final round, to become Scottish champions for the second year in a row.

The Mock Trial competition is a rare opportunity for pupils to gain insight into the workings of the judicial system, as well as develop their public speaking and team-working skills, through participating as lawyers, witnesses and jurors etc., in fictitious cases put before a judge, with one school prosecuting and the other defending.

All the participating pupils are awarded points, according to how well they perform in their various roles, and the schools’ points for three cases are then totalled, with the two schools with the highest number of points going on to the final.

The competition is run by the Citizenship Foundation, in partnership with the Bar Council.

In the first round, Mackie defended the case of ‘Madison Phillips’, a youth charged with mobbing and rioting in their town centre. Larbert High School were the team who prosecuted.

Mackie then prosecuted ‘Effie Tillmouth’, who was charged with knowingly possessing cannabis resin and hiding it in a shoe box in their room. Cleveden Secondary were the school who defended.

In the penultimate round before the final, Mackie returned to the Phillips case, this time prosecuting, with Hyndland Secondary School defending.

Following these three successful rounds, Mackie made it to the final against Greenfaulds High School.

Due to stellar performances from all involved, Mackie was awarded the win by Lady Rae, who presided over the case.

Such a prestigious win at this level, means that the Mackie team will now represent Scotland at the UK finals in Edinburgh in March. The team are eagerly awaiting this opportunity, having already discussed various fund-raising methods to get there.