Guilty or Not guilty?

On Saturday, sixteen schools will present two cases in the final of this year’s Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition. What do you think the verdicts will be?

You don’t know how the cases will be argued.

So, based on the witness statements alone, do you think the defendants will be found guilty or not guilty?

R. v Mitello

In R v Mitello, the defendant is charged with selling fake tickets for the Olympics Games.

Read the witness statements for R v Mitello, then answer the poll below.


R. v Low

In R v Low, an altercation at a newsagent’s has led to a charge of handling stolen goods.

Read the witness statements for R v Low, then answer the poll below.

Yes, there’s a lot to digest! The sixteen finalists have not been idle. They’ve put in a lot of work to beat the other the 364 successful entrants to this point.

After the cases have all been heard on Saturday, we will tell you what the verdicts were. (Each case will be tried more than once, by different teams, so we will tell you the majority verdicts.)

Teams are judged on their presentation of the cases: verdicts have no bearing on a team’s chances of winning. More about the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition.

Views expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of the Citizenship Foundation.

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