On Saturday 25 January, the Law Society's mock trial team, fifteen strong, competed in the Young Citizens' advocacy competition for independent schools at the Inner London Crown Court.
Across three heats, much drama unfolded: our witnesses fending off allegations of alcoholism and impaired judgement, fierce cross-examinations of hostile witnesses, and some memorable rhetorical flourishes: "The presumption of innocence is the current against which the Prosecution must swim" (Jolie, defending, to approving nods).
Our team consistently out-performed the opposition on all metrics and went through to a shoot-out against Tonbridge School. The stakes were high. Nerves were frayed on all sides. Into the limelight, composed and unflappable, stepped Isabel and Niamh, dismantling the Tonbridge witnesses with their remorseless logic. The die was cast. The judges ruled unanimously in favour of City. We move on to the national finals in April.
Mr Fitzgerald, Teacher of History