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Legal team excels in school competition

A fine performance from Team Grange as they learn and perform the letter of the law.

On Saturday 12th March fourteen year 8 and 9 students took part in a competition against ten other schools at Bradford Magistrates Court.  The students were challenged to work together to deliver a criminal case with each member playing a role in the proceedings.  Each case was judged by real Magistrates.  The Grange legal team were up against Ilkley Grammar School in round one and Dixons Kings Academy in round 2. 

Both our prosecution and defence put forward their arguments spectacularly, carefully questioning witnesses through cross examination and examination in chief.  They caught out witnesses on lies or statements which didn't match up and subsequently put forward to the courts and lordships that certain witnesses were not credible and therefore their testimonies could not be used as evidence.    

Our three student magistrates sat on a panel with a real Bradford Magistrate judge during the trial and had to discuss the law and the evidence at the end of the trial before reaching a verdict and deciding on a sentence.  The team did not win the overall prize but were highly commended, with on of the Magistrates commenting “they were one of the best panel magistrates she worked with that day and showed real qualities of problem solving, critical discussions, and an unbiased approach to both teams basing their decisions only on real legal principles.”   The team achieved one of the highest marks to have been achieved since these mock trials have been running, and subsequently won, courtesy of the Bradford Bulls foundation, golden tickets to watch a game in June where they will be welcomed onto the pitch  and meet the team.  

“The team did themselves and the school extremely proud against some really tough opposition and the feedback from the Magistrates was really outstanding.  To receive a commendation was a great achievement and we look forward to taking the students to enjoy a Bradford Bulls game later this year.”    Miss Lo Re, Humanities Teacher