Young legal eagles win the verdict in contest

Victors: Pupils from Silverdale School after winning the 2012 Inter-schools Legal Challenge.
Victors: Pupils from Silverdale School after winning the 2012 Inter-schools Legal Challenge.
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LEGAL eagles from Sheffield’s Silverdale School are celebrating after winning a top law competition.

The 2012 Inter-schools Legal Challenge, organised by Sheffield and District Law Society and Sheffield Hallam University, included sixth-formers from around the region.

Each team comprised six students who were helped by a student mentor studying law at Sheffield Hallam University.

Mentors provided advice and guidance when it came to understanding courtroom etiquette, structuring their arguments and what to expect during the competition.

Heats took place over six weeks with teams arguing whether the death penalty should be reintroduced and debating other legal issues.

The final saw students from Silverdale School go head to head against York College, in which they examined a simulated assault case.

Proceedings during the trial were overseen by Judge Coe QC, a practising high court judge, and the teams were judged by a jury made up of practising solicitors and academic staff – creating a real court trial environment.

Students from Silverdale also received work experience placements, offered by sponsors Bhayani Bracewell as well as barristers Bank House Chambers and Bell and Buxton Solicitors.

Anna Rudkin, president of Sheffield and District Law Society said: “This year’s competition saw a significant increase in the number of participants and the standard across all schools was exceptionally high. Silverdale really impressed the jury with the way all members of the team performed throughout the competition and were very worthy winners.”