Mackie’s Mock Trial a success yet again

For a third year in row, the Mackie Academy Mock Trial Team won the prestigious Bar National Mock Trial Scottish heat.

Friday, 18th December 2015, 6:00 am
Members of the public were able to view he inside of Stonehaven Courts on Saturday when the 2nd of two open days took place. Students from Mackie Academy took part in a mock trial. Stonehaven Town Partnership who organized the open days were also interested in ideas for the future use of the building. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Mock Trial is a UK wide competition where students take up the roles of advocate, witness, macer and court clerk, in legal contests, scored by practicing sheriffs and Law Lords.

The Mackie team has had considerable success in the past, with the highlight being participation at Empire Mock Trial (the world championships) in New York.

Intercontinental competition has been dovetailed by multiple successes in the Scottish Championships - winning in four of the last five occasions as well as triumphing at Aberdeen City and Shire competitions.

The team is led by Humanities Faculty head Miss Swanson, who dedicates a vast amount of time to coaching, organizing and motivating the team. Ultimately, the success would not have been possible without her dedication and effort, year in, year out.

At 6am, the team of 21 S3-S6 students, set off for the Central Belt.

First was HMA v Lewis; involving allegations of drunkenness, robbery and assault.

Overseen by Donald Findlay QC, the prosecution team, led by advocates Stuart Anderson & Erin Patterson, defeated the Community School of Auchterarder.

Following on from the day’s first win, came the second round.

HMA v Braza involved an eccentric cafe owner, disappearing tea cups and a fraudulent breakfast.

Led by Stuart Coleman & Stuart Anderson, Mackie prosecuted again; defeating St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Secondary.

After a quick lunch, the team entered a third round before the following final.

Withstanding probing cross-exams, the witnesses (Maya Vertigans and Sally Stewart) played a decisive role in a third win.

Having now won all three cases, Mackie progressed to the final.

Exemplary advocacy and superb role play were displayed by Cleveden, but Mackie came out the victors.

With the victory in tow, the team now awaits the possibility of an invite to the National Final at the Old Bailey in April.