On the 16th of April, a team of transition year students went to the Criminal Courts in Dublin to compete in the Semi Final Mock Trials. We had prepared two cases which we would try to win in a series of three court sittings. Before it began there was an opening ceremony which introduced us to the barristers who would be our judges for the day and the importance of the competition. We faced Eureka as the prosecution and won the jury's verdict but not the Judge's in a close battle of scores.
We won our next two rounds as defence against a school from Portlaoise and another school from Galway. All the schools we competed against were great opponents and really friendly people. It was a great day and we all wanted to do it again but unfortunately we did not make it through to the finals. However, Grace O'Driscoll won first prize as court photographer which is a huge achievement within the Mock Trials.
On behalf of the Mock Trial team, we would like to thank Mr. Daly and all the fifth and sixth year students that helped us prepare, gave us insight and encouraged us on the day.