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Wednesday, 01 May 2013
Bolton School has hosted its first ever Mock Law Trial Competition, an event which saw seventeen Sixth Form students play out a variety of courtroom roles before a judge, jury and audience.
Two cases were heard on the evening itself, the first of which involved an alleged drunken assault by a Bulgarian speed skater and the second revolved around a collision between a car and a motorcycle. Those involved, especially the advocates and witnesses, had prepared intensively for the event over the course of several weeks with the assistance of two barristers, Nick Clarke and Guy Mathieson. However, much of what was delivered on the evening was improvised as advocates and witnesses alike had to adapt to the trial as it unfolded.
Entertaining testimony was provided by Jonathan Bond, Waqas Patel, Ben Bowers, Benito O’Loughlin, Andrew Clelland, Tom Chia and Paul Greenhalgh, who played characters ranging from a priest with a talent for character assessment to an aristocratic gent with an enthusiasm for charity work. Persistent and determined advocacy was delivered by Michael Brookwell, David Lee, Ben Tillbrook, Cameron Turnbull, Adam Murray, Daniel Sharif and Adam Greenhalgh. A special mention should be given to Farhan Chhabu though, who after initially delivering a superb performance as a self-confident speed skater quickly changed to provide a stellar display of advocacy in the second trial. Judge Martin Steiger scored the event, providing some complimentary feedback before deciding that the team led by Daniel Sharif and Farhan Chhabu were the overall winners.
Both of the trials were tremendously entertaining and each of the boys involved should be commended for his performance. Hopefully many of those who participated will play a role in the regional event which is due to take place in Manchester in November.
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