A team of senior students at Hazelwood Integrated College won through to the finals of the Bar Mock Trials competition, in their first year of entering!
The dedication of the 15 pupils, who studied and practised after school, saw them beat off stiff competition in the legal skills contest. They were named winners of the NW heat in the Northern Ireland section of the contest. Congratulations also go to St Dominic’s Grammar School who won the Belfast heat. The UK finals were held in the Royal Courts of Justice, London, last Saturday (25 March).
The Bar Mock Trial Competition, backed by the Citizenship Foundation and the Bar Council, has run every year since 1991, and more than 53,000 young people have taken part over the 25 years. The competition is made possible with the help of legal professionals who volunteer their time, including 300 barristers and advocates and 90 judges from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In the Bar Mock Trial Competition, students take on the roles of barristers, solicitors, clerks and witnesses and present their case against teams from other schools in front of senior members of the Bar and judiciary.
Belfast barrister Niall J Hunt QC, one of the competition judges, praised the Hazelwood IC team for their determination, attention to detail, and good humour throughout.
Liam McCollum QC, Chairman of the Bar Council and a competition judge said
“I want to congratulate all the students who took part in the Bar Mock Trial Competition, the standard was exceedingly high and the level of work and dedication from the pupils and their teachers was clear to all the judges.”
The students from Hazelwood IC enjoyed the amazing experience of being at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Remarking that the team has set a high standard for future years, teacher Joanne Quinn said
”It was a privilege to take such a well-oiled team to London. They were fabulous. Despite not making the final case on the day, we left the Royal Courts of Justice on a high. Hazelwood IC was very well represented indeed.”
Thanks are due to the Legal Education Foundation, the Citizenship Foundation and those IEF donors whose support enabled Hazelwood IC to take part so successfully.
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