56830078_1242439765916147_3912817272258822144_nOur TYs travelled to the Criminal Courts of Justice on Saturday, April 13th, to compete in the always popular National Mock Trials Competition. The competition, organised by Public Access to Law, gives students a fantastic opportunity to shine in a variety of areas.

In preparation for the day’s proceedings, the students worked with PAL mentors (practicing solicitors and barristers), who guided them through the particulars of the cases they would be involved in, while also helping to develop teamwork, research and presentation skills and the ability to think on their feet.

In addition to this, the girls also utilised the experience gained by 5th Year student Amanda Keyes, who participated57336171_1242440019249455_6059983195758133248_n in the competition last year.

The girls won the first of their cases but did not do enough to progress to the finals. However, counsel, tipstaff, accused, witnesses, jurors, court reporter and court artist enjoyed the hands on experience of the workings of the law that the competition provided.