Fife pupil to fly the flag at mock court trial event

Kirk­caldy stu­dent will rep­re­sent UK in in­ter­na­tional event in the Hague

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - CRAIG SMITH csmith@the­

A team of Scot­tish school pupils will fly the flag for the UK for the first time in an in­ter­na­tional mock trial event in The Nether­lands later this month.

Kirk­caldy High School will be among the schools rep­re­sented in the In­ter­na­tional Moot Court com­pe­ti­tion at The Hague on Jan­uary 21 af­ter pupils ex­celled in the Scot­tish na­tional Se­niors com­pe­ti­tion run by the School Mock Court Case Project.

Com­pe­ti­tions in Scot­land are or­gan­ised by the School Mock Court Case Project and sup­ported by the Scot­tish Courts and Tri­bunals Ser­vice which pro­vides venues for tri­als to take place and help with stag­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

More than 80 schools from around Scot­land reg­is­tered for the project this year and since the scheme be­gan it has ben­e­fited 10,000 pupils.

Along­side Kirk­caldy High, pupils from Falkirk High School, Dun­bar Gram­mar, Whit­burn Academy, Ge­orge Wat­son’s Col­lege, Ed­in­burgh, Tay­lor High School, Mother­well, and Ross High School, Tra­nent, are also in­volved.

Gerald Mur­phy, founder and chair­man of the board of trus­tees of the School Mock Court Case Project, wished all those tak­ing part well and com­mended pupils on their ef­forts to date.

“We are proud to be in­vited to such a pres­ti­gious event and to be the only team in the UK in­vited, ever,” he added.

Stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the se­niors project ap­plied on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis to take part in the in­ter­na­tional con­test and 10 young­sters were in­vited to an assess­ment day on Novem­ber 19 where they met tu­tors.

They were as­sessed and asked to give a pre­sen­ta­tion at the Court of Ses­sion.

Seven pupils were then se­lected to com­pete and as­signed to ei­ther the pros­e­cu­tion or the de­fence team.

They will go to The Hague next week to bat­tle it out with 14 teams from around the world for the in­ter­na­tional ti­tle.

Other teams tak­ing part are from Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina; Sofia, Bulgaria; Mu­nich, Ger­many; Ulaan­baatar, Mon­go­lia; The Hague, Nether­lands; Gdy­nia, Poland; Cam­pu­lung Mus­cel, Ro­ma­nia; Moscow and St Peters­burg, Rus­sia; New York City, USA; Cara­cas, Venezuela; Pre­to­ria, South Africa and Baku, Azer­bai­jan.

The Scot­tish team at­tended the Court of Ses­sion in Ed­in­burgh yes­ter­day to pre­pare for the forth­com­ing com­pe­ti­tion with a moot court be­tween the de­fence and prose­cu­tions teams them­selves, with fur­ther prac­tice pen­cilled in for the week­end.

Real sher­iffs will pre­side over the trial runs, and stu­dents will also get feed­back from a mem­ber of the Fac­ulty of Ad­vo­cates.

Pic­ture: Dead­line News.

Kirk­caldy High School pupil Osama As­lam at the Mock Trial in the Court of Ses­sion, Ed­in­burgh.

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