Controlled school wins local Bar Mock Trial
The Banbridge Academy Bar Mock Trial team participated in the Northern Ireland heat of the Bar Mock Trial competition on Saturday 24 November at the Royal Courts of Justice, Belfast.
They faced competition from Shimna Integrated College, Dalriada School and St Patrick’s Grammar, Armagh, and following three rounds, they found themselves in the final against Glenlola Collegiate, Bangor.
The final, which was adjudicated by three serving judges, proved to be a close competition with both sides being very evenly matched. Banbridge Academy were ultimately crowned Northern Ireland winners on the day, the students excelled themselves and were a credit to the school.
They now progress to the UK National Final to be held in Edinburgh in March 2019.
During the six years the Academy has competed in the Bar Mock Trial, the Academy has won twice and been runners-up twice.
Miss McClelland, Head of Politics, expressed her thanks on behalf of the School, to two former pupils who are now Barristers – Severina Kelley and Vikki Singer. The team undoubtedly benefited from their knowledge, experience and dedication as they prepared for the competition.
Banbridge Academy team
Barristers: Maria Lyons, Hannah MacLaren, Gemma Thompson, Lucy Hughes
Witnesses: Kate Allenby, Ruth Campbell, Hannah Hubert, Ida Boardman, Laura Adams, Beth Snelling, Lauren Graham, Erin Ferguson,
Court Clerk: Jonathan Warren
Court Usher: Rory McNiff
Jury: Andreas Eliopoulos, Beth McCann, Zara McCracken, Pearl Sibanda, Carly Wilson
Court Reporter: Emma McElderry
Court Artist: Jodie Morrow
15 January 2019