Year 9 Become Legal Eagles - St Albans High School for Girls


Year 9 Become Legal Eagles

Date Posted: Wednesday 12 January 2022

The case was R. versus Emerson. The offence was possession of a bladed weapon in a public place. The relevant Law was Section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. 

Thus, the stage was set for Year 9 to try their hand at legal representation in our inaugural mock criminal courtroom trial. 

Innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt, the Defence had their work cut out for them in representing Charlie Emerson, convincingly played by Priyaa. The Witness for the Defence, Steph knew her brief well and the Defending Counsel, comprising Grace, Emma and Alice delivered their speeches with gusto. 

Lawyers on both sides examined and cross-examined with intelligent, pacy and skilfully sequenced questions. Congratulations to Prosecution Counsel Aanya, Sophia and Elena for winning the case and laying it out so eloquently, ably supported by their Witness, Emily.   

Jonathan Marshall, Assistant Head Academic Development, said: “It was touch and go for Prosecution Counsel but they persuaded the Jury unanimously. Very well done to them. Thank you to the Year 7 and 8 Scholars for comprising the Jury and taking their job so seriously, and to my colleagues Mrs Ray and Mr Pepper for their help on the day.”