Pupils prepare for courtroom showdown
Pupils from a Telford school are taking the law into their own hands as they discover the workings of the British legal system.
Students from the Charlton School have been avidly learning about courts and the law as they prepare to take part in a mock trials competition against other young people from schools across the area.
And they have been receiving expert guidance from a 23-year veteran of the court room, and former Charlton School pupil, solicitor Lisa Morris-Jones, of PCB Solicitors, which has offices around Shropshire.
After being a judge for the competition last year, Lisa, who is also a parent governer of the school, proposed the creation of a team and has been met with enthusiasm by the pupils and staff alike.
She explained: “When the event was explained to the year nine students a very keen group stepped forward and said they would like to take part and they have come on in leaps and bounds.
“They have all been allocated roles, including solicitors, legal advisors, ushers and witnesses and I, with the very kind support of PCB Solicitors, which sponsors the team and allows me to give my time, have been working with the students weekly to help them prepare.
“There are tremendously valuable lessons for them to learn by understanding our legal system and, who knows, we might be encouraging the next generation of the legal profession!"
The pupils have even had the opportunity to meet with local magistrate, Dave Silcock, who gave up his time to help the team members understand court proceedings from a JP's perspective.
The Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition is organised by the Citizenship Foundation Charity. The competition itself will take place at Telford Magistrates Court, in March.