Mock Trial Competition March 2009

Once again, Caroline Chisholm School has taken part in the Mock Trials competition where you take on the role of someone in a criminal court, for example a lawyer or a witness. The competition involves the students having to prepare a case and then perform it against two other schools, defending in one and then prosecuting in another.

This is the second year that Caroline Chisholm School have competed and we were under pressure to equal the achievements of last year’s team who won the local heat and went on to represent the school in the regional finals.

Our task was made even more difficult when our lead prosecution lawyer fell ill the night before the trial and we had to shuffle our team members around.

Nevertheless our substitute performers stepped in and performed extremely well. So well that we managed to win the first trial and get the defendant convicted (although only by 2 judges to 1)

In the second trial we had no such problems and won 3 – 0 and secured a not guilty verdict which was some feat when anybody could see that the defendant was guilty!

At one o’clock we had the presentation and our school were the only school to win both their trials. We will now go forward as Northampton’s representatives in the Regional finals in May. Congratulations to the students who worked extremely hard. They were a credit to their parents and to the school.

Mr McCormack