Downing Criminal Mock Trial Competition

Thursday, January 15, 2015


The Law School is pleased to announce the return of the Downing Criminal Mock Trial Competition for the 2014/15 academic year. This is an internal competition which will take the form of a fully argued mock jury trial in which teams of students will represent the Prosecution and Defendants.


The competition is named after a former student, Brigida Downing, who very generously provided a gift to the Law School which will allow for a cash prize of £100 to the winners. In addition the winners will have their names engraved on to the competition trophy. In past years the competition has been judged by the local MP Stephen Phillips QC, MP.


The competition is open to all years including LLM students but there is a maximum number of 6 students (in 3 teams of 2 advocates) to take part as Counsel. Students who are studying the Law of Evidence may have an advantage but all applications will be judged on merit.  There will also be a need for 12 students to sit on the jury and a court clerk and also actors to play the role of witnesses and the Defendants.


In order for us to gauge the level of interest (whether in being Counsel/jurors/actors) and make plans as to the timing of the competition, could all who are interested please attend a meeting in the Moot Court at 6 pm on Tuesday 20th January.


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