Congratulations to my fantastic group of budding lawyers, future solicitors, and potential barristers. I am so incredibly proud of your performance during our recent competition. Since September, you have astonished me with your enthusiasm, commitment, and moral courage by becoming defenders of justice and upholders of truth. Your professionalism and maturity on the day was highly commendable and you certainly did Hayesfield proud. It has been such a rewarding experience getting to know each of you.
Teacher of English
I loved being part of the Magistrate Mock Trial LEAP. It was such a fun opportunity to see into the world of Law and I’m really glad that I took part in this experience. My role was as a defence witness and I had to answer a range of questions to the best of my ability. I also got to meet new people of different year groups and have lots of fun whilst putting together a case to present. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this and working as a team. I would really recommend doing this leap if you are curious to experience what following a career in Law would be like.
Hello, I am Isla, and I extremely enjoyed taking part in the Magistrate's Mock Trial, as a magistrate. This was a really fun experience and a fantastic opportunity as I was able to make many new friends and see a bit of what the world Law is like. It was an amazing chance to compete against other schools and show off all our hard work. As a magistrate, it is our duty to decide the verdict of the trial, either guilty or innocent. We had to take down notes and have a discussion between the other magistrates to finalise the verdict.
Hi, I'm Amelie and I was court reporter for the Magistrate's Mock Trial competition. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this LEAP because it gave us all a chance to know what it feels like to be in a real court, and I feel like this gives us a head start if we ever want to be lawyers or any other members of the court. I would definitely recommend this LEAP for people who are interested in Law or Politics as you learn a lot and it is a very fun experience.
My name is Ella, I am in Year 10, and I was the legal adviser for the prosecution team. My job was to summarise the main evidence and issues with the case in a speech after both the prosecution and defence have provided their case. My role was to summarise the case for the magistrates because my speech was the last thing they heard before making their verdict. As legal adviser, I had to be non-biased and talk about the key evidence of the case without making an opinion. It was a really fun event to take part in and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was exciting competing against other students who also were interest in law, and I now have a better insight into what being a lawyer is about. I am very grateful for this opportunity and am glad I took part.
Hi I’m lanna and I was a witness in our Magistrates Competition. My name was Chris Patel and I was on the Prosecution team. In our LEAP sessions, I have been practicing my role by our lawyers asking me questions and repeating this process. I have enjoyed playing my role and I have made many new friends who I am happily able to help in any subject. It has helped me understand Law as a profession and what it might be like when I decide to take this career branch. During my cross-examination the Lawyer interviewing me embodied Elle Woods which I thoroughly enjoyed, it even made me giggle.
In Magistrates, I played defence lawyer 2 and it was a really fun role to do as my job was to ask questions to my defence witness and cross-examine the prosecution team witness, trying to prove that the defendant Alex Davies was innocent. It also really helped me to understand the process of the legal profession and understand what their day-to-day jobs can be like. Taking part in the competition was such a fun day and it was a great opportunity to go against different schools and present our case to them.
I was playing the defendant Alex Davies in the Magistrates Mock Trial. This was a really fun role as I was the only one being put on trial. As part of this LEAP and being a witness, you really have to get in the character for your role, so witnesses act like their person and lawyers have to act really professional. The competition was a really fun way to expand my skills and an overall fun day. I would thoroughly recommend this LEAP.
I'm Martha and I was a prosecution lawyer in the magistrates competition this year. It was a tricky case that everyone had to work hard at to be ready for the competition! Everyone worked so hard this term and because of that it was a nice atmosphere. I'm really proud of everyone in the club and I'm sure they'll be amazing again next year!!