Pupils are judged the best bar none

Linlithgow Bridge Primary mock trials winners
Linlithgow Bridge Primary mock trials winners

Linlithgow Bridge Primary School pupils walked free from court – with a national title to their credit.

Primary 7 children travelled to Tollcross in Edinburgh to take part in the national finals of the mock court trials competition 2014.

The project is in its third year and involves more than 1200 primary school pupils from across Scotland pursuing or defending a civil case in front of a real judge.

Each team consists of lawyers, witnesses, researchers, journalists, court artists and robe makers.

The ethos of the project is to help children become confident individuals, effective contributors, successful learners and responsible citizens.

To that end, although the children are involved in preparing a legal case, the focus of their preparation and project is on research, drama, art and science as well as maths and English.

Six teams reached the finals and three trials took place in the case of Nora Telfer versus Talk and Text.

Linlithgow Bridge’s team of defenders were up against the pursuers of St Madoes Primary School in Perthshire.

The trials were presided over by Lady Smith, a judge from the Inner House of the Supreme Court who was assisted on the bench by two sheriffs.

Unlike the intermediary trials, which had one member of the judiciary presiding, the teams in the final faced three, creating more pressure.

In addition, the teams presented their cases in front of an audience of approximately 700 people.

Despite winning their trial, the team had a further wait as the judiciary debated, before deciding on an overall winner.

There were gasps of delight when Lady Smith announced Linlithgow Bridge Primary as this year’s winner.

She explained to the audience that it had won because of great advocacy, wonderful witnesses and excellent team work.

The winning team consisted of two advocates, Aidan Murphy and Alice Ferguson and three witnesses, Ciara Benson, Heather Box and Ben McCreadie.