Girls make their case in court­room

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - JUNCTION 10 -

THIR­TEEN pupils from Ash­ford’s High­worth Gram­mar School for Girls ap­peared in court at the week­end – and all left with broad smiles on their faces.

They had been tak­ing part in the Kent fi­nal of the na­tional mock trial com­pe­ti­tion which they won for the sec­ond year run­ning by beat­ing a strong chal­lenge from Sir Joseph Wil­liamson Maths school at Rochester, Archers Court, Dover and Oak­wood Boys Gram­mar in Maid­stone.

Or­gan­ised by the Cit­i­zen­ship Foun­da­tion, with mag­is­trates and court staff, the com­pe­ti­tion aims to in­tro­duce young peo­ple to the le­gal sys­tem.

In the fi­nal, at Med­way Mag­is­trates Court, the girls had to take on the roles of lawyers and pros­e­cu­tion and defence wit­nesses, mag­is­trates and court staff for a spe­cially-writ­ten crim­i­nal case con­trib­uted by the RSPCA, in­volv­ing a ne­glected rab­bit.

Their pub­lic-speak­ing skills were judged by real mag­is­trates and le­gal pro­fes­sion­als, watched by guest of hon­our and long-serv­ing mag­is­trate, High Sher­iff of Kent Amanda Cot­trell, who pre­sented the prizes. The win­ning High­worth girls were Jo­hanna Forseen, Kather­ine Foder, Ter­rie Watts, Natasha Aster­aki-Speer (lawyers), Jor­dan Con­nor, Faith Gos­den, Sherry Wil­son (mag­is­trates), Grace Holme, Maryam Khalil, Jem­maJane Stur­ley, Char­lotte Wake­lin (wit­nesses), Cae­celia Dance (clerk of court) and Anna Thoro­good (court usher).

Pupils from High­worth Gram­mar School take part in the mock trial com­pe­ti­tion

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