Defending Champions to Represent N.I. at the Old Bailey

On Saturday 19th November Dalriada’s new Bar Mock team travelled to the High Court to defend the school’s title in the Belfast heat of the Bar National Mock Trial Competition.

The competition aims to give young people an exciting and innovative insight into the workings of the legal system.  It consists of teams of 15 students who take on the roles of barristers, witnesses, court staff and jurors to compete against other schools.  The students are judged by legal professionals on their performances, prosecuting and defending two carefully planned cases.

The team competed in three rounds, before being announced winners of their league.  They then went through to the final where they faced tough competition in the form of Our Lady and St. Patrick’s College. With an excellent case for the defence, the team from Dalriada went on to win the overall competition.

This is the second year in a row that a team from Dalriada have won the competition – a great achievement!

The result this year was particularly pleasing for the team due to the fact that the majority of the pupils were completely new to Bar Mock.

The standard produced by the schools who take part has been extremely high over the years, making this a very prestigious competition.

The performance of each member of the team was outstanding – the pupils have been working very hard over the last few weeks and their efforts have been rewarded.

Special thanks to the team’s volunteer barristers (Craig Dunford and Jennifer Kirkwood) who gave of their time to help with the preparation of both cases and allowed the team members to borrow their wigs for the day!  Their support and advice was very much appreciated.

In March the team will compete in the National final, which is to be held at the Old Bailey in London.  A new case will be released in January and pupils will then begin preparations in an attempt to become the overall UK champions.