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Legal Eagles

The Grange Theatre was recently transformed into a courtroom for the Sixth Form’s Mock Trial. Over the course of the evening students not only prosecuted and defended two cases in front of His Honour Judge Graeme Smith of Bolton Crown Court, but also took on the roles of defendants, witnesses and court officials.

The trials involved the preparation of opening speeches, evidence in chief and cross examination of witnesses and summing up each side’s case for a jury of students, staff and parents. Students had worked with Mrs Chaplain (who is also qualified as a solicitor) and barrister Andrew Green of St John’s Buildings’ Chambers in Manchester to hone their legal skills.

HHJ Smith provided valuable feedback to our team, many of whom will compete in the Sir Rhys Davies Independent Schools’ Mock Trial later this month. His Honour was extremely impressed by everyone who took part, and even compared our advocates’ cross examination skills very favourably against some professionals who he sees in his courtroom.