School wins mock trial

Youngsters have been getting a taste for the legal system as part of a mock trial competition in the county.

The annual competition heats at South East Northumberland Law Courts in Bedlington saw five schools doing battle in the court room in the case of ‘Jaz Henry’, who was charged with handling stolen goods.

For the second year running, pupils from Morpeth’s Chantry Middle School were victorious against students from Cramlington Learning Village, Duke’s Middle School, Morpeth Newminster, and Seaton Sluice Middle School, and they will now go on to the regional finals on May 17.

Competitors took on all of the roles in the court, from magistrate to defendant, lawyers to ushers and witnesses, and were presented their prizes by the High Sheriff of Northumberland, Peter Loyd.

The youngsters were able to visit the empty cells and see inside a prison transport van, try on full riot gear supervised by representatives from the neighbourhood police, experience giving evidence via video link with the help of the Witness Service, and find out about and try electronic tags.