National Bar Mock Trial Competition 2024 hosted at the Royal Courts of Justice


“I’ve been fortunate enough to see three of the trials today, and the advocacy was just brilliant. The questions the students were asking were thoughtful and insightful, and the way they were delivering their speeches was fantastic. I think I’ve seen several barristers in the making here today.”

Judge Louise Brandon

On Saturday 16 March, 325 pupils from schools across the UK participated in the Young Citizens Bar Mock Trial Competition finals at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Congratulations to Coleraine Grammar School from Northern Ireland who were the overall winners of the competition. The mock trials were overseen by several members of the Judiciary.

Prizes were presented by Sir Matthew James Nicklin, His Honour Judge Christopher Kinch, and Dr Sally Penni MBE. Her Honour Judge Louise Brandon, a former Mock Trials participant, and Sam Townend KC, Chair of the Bar Council, addressed students and teachers at the end of the day.

Judges at the Bar Mock Trial Competition

Speaking about the event Judge Louise Brandon said “This competition means so much to me. I think young people should take part because it equips them with a whole variety of skills.

It enables them to learn about the legal system and what goes on in a courtroom, but most importantly it demonstrates that you can work as a team, speak in public and solve problems, which are fantastic skills for future employers. It’s not just for those who want to be lawyers, but if you do, it’s a great way of learning what the job is all about. Not only that, it’s also great fun!”