Borough students win courtroom challenge

Young legal brains are celebrating after their success in court.

Whitley Bay High School beat off competition from four other schools in the Mid and South East Northumberland judicial area to win the Citizenship Foundation Mock Trial competition, held at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court in Bedlington.

Representing all the courtroom roles – magistrates, defence and prosecution lawyers, legal advisers, ushers, witnesses and defendants – they had to establish if ‘Pat Taylor’ had stolen a mobile phone from Sam Flowers’ flower shop.

All schools are all given the same information and although they rehearsed the case, what had to pre-empt what their opposition would do, so were challenged to think on their feet.

Patricia Birley MBE, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, presented the prizes, saying the students had been ‘very impressive’ and the ‘standard goes up year after year’.

Whitley Bay received a trophy, a cheque for £250 and an invitation to see the police helicopter at close quarters. They will now go forward to represent the area in the regional heats to be held in May.