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Sir Rhys Davies Mock Trial 2022

4 Dec 2022
United Kingdom
School News


20s Alumni

The Sir Rhys Davies Schools Mock Trial competition, is named after one of Manchester’s most respected judges who led the fight against witness intimidation in the 1990s. This annual competition sees students from across the region compete in a series of mock trials, gaining a unique insight into the workings of the justice system.

On Saturday November 26th, a group of Lower Sixth students represented The School at the Sir Rhys Davies Mock Trial Competition at Minshull St Crown Court in Manchester. Donning gowns, wigs, and an assortment of different costumes, they played the parts of advocates, witnesses, court staff and court reporters.  

The event was the culmination of weeks of work in which the students learned about the law and the court system. The students had to defend and prosecute two cases, one a case of unlawful abstraction of electricity and the other a case of the theft of a bank card. The cases themselves were presided over by real judges, and our team was supported by two barristers Ellen Shaw and Anna Chestnutt, from Lincoln House Chambers. 

The team put out a very strong performance and was highly commended by the judges for their excellent advocacy and compelling witness performances. Advocates Adil, Olivia, Connie, and Casey were confident, articulate and demonstrated some very quick thinking as they cross-examined witnesses from opposing teams. The students who performed the role of witnesses on the day demonstrated superb acting skills and a thorough knowledge of the case, as they deftly dealt with probing questions from opposing barristers. Louis, Tom, Molly, Amour, Niamh, and Sam should be extremely proud of their stellar performances. 

A court cannot run without the aid of the court clerk and the usher, who between them ensure that the law and etiquette of the court are adhered to. In these roles for Bury Grammar School, Stanley, Henrik, and Avi performed admirably and did The School proud. In addition to this, Will and Eliza took on the roles of court reporters for the day and under a significant amount of time pressure produced court reports that were stylish and informative.  

Finally, we would like to thank Samiq, Izzy, Charlie and Jessica for their commitment to the team. They all worked tirelessly, prepared to take on their role should we get to the final. That they worked so hard and showed up to every rehearsal and the day itself despite knowing that they might not even get to perform, is a real testament to the unique kind of teamwork and selflessness that we have come to expect of our students at Bury Grammar School; a particular thank you goes to these students.  

Congratulations to the whole team and thank you for your hard work, good humour and commitment over the last few months. 

Thank you to Mrs Lynch, Teacher of English, for this report. 




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