The Mackie Academy Mock Trial team hit Aberdeen once again last week for the first of the team’s competitions this year.
Despite winning all three rounds, when it came down to points, Mackie unfortunately never made it to the final.
Mock Trial is a rare opportunity for pupils to gain valuable insight into the workings of the judicial system and to develop public speaking and team working skills through participating in roles such as advocates, witnesses and court clerks in fictitious cases put before a judge with one school prosecuting and the other defending.
The participants are awarded points according to how well they perform in their role. The schools’ points for three cases are then totalled and the two schools with the highest number of points go on to the final.
In Aberdeen, those schools were Aboyne Academy and Turriff Academy. Aboyne then went on to win the competition.
The competition is run by two teachers from Aberdeenshire Council assisted by the staff of Aberdeen Sheriff Court, where it was held.
The cases are watched and judged by working sheriffs and lawyers.
In the first round, Mackie defended Jordan Potter, an 18-year-old accused of setting fire to exam scripts after performing poorly in them.
This was followed by the case of Sam Morton, a pupil accused of stealing a computer from his school, before Mackie returned to Jordan Potter’s case once again.
Mackie’s next step is to compete in Glasgow against schools from across Scotland at the end of this month.
The competition is run by the Citizenship Foundation in partnership with the Bar Council.
If they succeed in winning this competition they will go on to the UK-wide final, this year held in Edinburgh.