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Saturday, 16 March, 2002, 10:47 GMT
Students star at the Old Bailey
Castell Alun students and their teacher
The students are hoping to come back champions
A group of north Wales students have taken the law into their own hands and will be starring in a mock trial at the Old Bailey in London.

The competition is a unique opportunity for young people to learn about the legal system from the right side of the law.

Old Bailey
The Bar beckons for prospective legal eagles

The 13 youngsters, from Flintshire, will compete against teams from 15 other regions and Lord Chief Justice Woolf will pick the winner.

The would-be barristers of tomorrow from Castell Alun High School, in Hope, have been chosen to represent the area after winning through the initial competition stages at Chester Crown Court.

Head of sixth form at the school, Horace Roberts, said his team had worked hard.

"They're well prepared and I think we've got a chance."


More than anything, the students gain confidence because they have to stand up in court

Horace Roberts, Head of Sixth Form

Mr Roberts said the students have been treated like real members of the legal profession.

"They send you a brief just as a barrister would receive for two cases and we have to prepare to prosecute and defend.

He added: "More than anything the students gain confidence because they have to stand up in court and argue the case or give evidence."

Katie Willis, 17, from Kinnerton will be dressing up as barrister.

"It gives an insight into the workings of a court and the criminal legal system," she said.

The competition has been organised by the Citizenship Foundation in partnership with the Bar Council.

'Good citizens'

Bar chairman David Bean QC said: "This is a prestigious competition and the Bar are delighted to be working with the Citizenship Foundation on this event for the eleventh year.

"This is part of our continuing commitment to promoting good citizenship."

He added: "I am looking forward to watching what may well be the pick of the barristers of the future."

Ffion Davies will stand as the court clerk and usher for Castell Alun High School.

"It's exciting, I've never really thought about going to the Old Bailey and I haven't had much interest in the law until now," she said.

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