Mackie Pupils Judged Best

A TEAM from Mackie made their case to be crowned the area’s top legal eagles in a court room competition.

Pupils from four secondary schools became lawyers, witnesses, court staff, jurors – and even court reporters and press officers – when they took part in the tenth annual ‘Mock Trials’ competition on Saturday, October 5.

They received tips and a verdict on their performance from legal professionals during the day-long event at Aberdeen Sherriff Court.

The team from Mackie faced strong competition from Alford Academy, Ellon Academy and The Gordon Schools in Huntly. 

As well as becoming overall winners Mackie performed well in individual categories with Alex Garrett being found best lawyer while Georgie Evans’ performance in the stand earned best witness.

Cllr Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair, said: “The Aberdeenshire ‘Mock Trials’ give pupils a real insight into the court process.

”The competition has inspired pupils who have taken part in the past to forge successful careers in the legal profession.

”However, it also gives those participating a snapshot of the support provided by court staff and jurors too. I would like to thank all those organisations who have worked tirelessly to make this competition such a success.”

The ‘mock trials’ were organised by secondary school modern studies teachers in conjunction with the Scottish Courts and Tribunals service, based at Aberdeen Sheriff Court. It was kindly sponsored by Dentons UK and Middle East, LLP.

Sherriff Morag McLaughlin said the event had been a joyous day for the sheriffs to be involved in and praised the pupil’s preparation and the guidance and support given by teachers.