Pupils ready for courtroom showdown

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Pupils at two Yorkshire schools have ‘court’ the legal bug - as they battle it out to be named champions of a mock trial competition run by Sheffield Hallam University.

Sheffield’s Silverdale School and York College are the finalists of the Inter-School Mock Trial Competition.

The competition, which is in association with the Sheffield Law Society and law firm Bhayani Bracewell, saw six regional schools taking part in heats at the university to reach the final.

York and Silverdale triumphed in their rounds and will face each other in the final on June 20 at Sheffield Crown Court.

Each team will have to prepare and win a simulated trial. Their success will be judged by a jury made up of academic staff from Hallam, staff from the Sheffield Law Society, and legal practitioners from the local area. The trial will be overseen by a judge.

Sarah Jenkins, schools and colleges liaison manager at Sheffield Hallam, said: “This competition has been a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain practical experience of debating. The heats have been very competitive and I expect both sides to give it their all in the final.”