JUSTICE was served by Morpeth high school students at Newcastle Crown Court.
The regional heat of the Bar National Mock Trial competition, run by the Citizenship Foundation, featured 11 teams — and Morpeth’s King Edward VI School performed well.
Sixteen pupils from Years 10 to 13 appeared in court as barristers, witnesses, jurors and courtroom staff and they presented two specially written court cases, this year concerning assault, severe injury and robbery.
KEVI won both of its defence cases against Durham Sixth Form Centre and St Joseph’s RC Comprehensive, but it was St Michael’s School that achieved the most points to advance to the national final.
The students who took part were Greg Waddell and Robert Naylor (defence barristers), Bridget Donaldson and Angus Kirk (prosecution barristers), Robert Hodgson and Zian Akhtar (defence witnesses), Nathan Doherty and Emily Webb (prosecution witnesses), Philippa Goode (defendant), Frances Rowbottom (court clerk), Dominic James (usher), Scott Weddell (court reporter), and Robbie Morgan, Alex Sikkink, Rebecca Fisher and Joseph Thompson (jury members).