On Saturday 1 October teams from across Aberdeenshire headed in to Aberdeen and Aberdeen Sheriff Court to take part in the Aberdeenshire Schools Mock Trial 2011.
Georgia Chalmers & Cara MacKay from Turriff Academy went along to the Mock Trials and have written this report for Visit Turriff.
The Aberdeenshire mock trial was a great success this year and was well received by all. Twelve schools took part in total and all performed exceptionally.
Each school had to put in a great deal of time and effort to prepare for this day and it certainly showed
This year every school was given two cases to look over and interpret in their own way. The first case was
Jackie Jones vs. Her Majesty’s Advocate in which a driver of 18 years old collided with a young school child of 16. There were two other witnesses to this incident they were Pat Proud, an unemployed teacher and Lesley Wogan a teacher at the nearby school.
The second case was
Sam Morton vs. Her Majesty’s Advocate in which two young school children were accused of stealing a school computer, serial number 12435. The two school children were Sam Morton and Drew Bird. Bird had already pleaded guilty the day before and was to be “sentenced” at the end of the trial. There were two other witnesses to this incident they were Vic Thompson, a computer sciences teacher at the school where these children attend and Bobby Morton a young student who knows Bird by sight and was Sam’s younger sibling.
In each case each school had to provide witnesses for whichever side they were on so say if it was Turriff vs. Ellon and Turriff were prosecuting and Ellon was defending then Turriff would provide two witnesses for the prosecution case and Ellon would provide the accused and another witness for the defence case and vice versa.
There were three leagues and each league had four schools taking part. Every school took part in three rounds and two went into the final. Each school had to put in a great deal of time and effort to prepare for this day and it certainly showed
Turriff Academy were involved in the Mock Trial and were aided by the two Modern Studies teachers Mr Buchan and Mrs Mitchell who gave up their time in order to support the team of jurors, advocates, witnesses and others. I’m sure the entire team would agree that their input was extremely beneficial to everyone.
Although we haven’t received individual scores Turriff Academy performed well and the winner of our league, Ellon Academy, went on to be crowned overall champions for the second year running.
It is a great opportunity to experience and to get a feel of what it is really like in a court room and it is particularly useful for anyone wanting to pursue a career in Law especially at Aberdeen University.