Youngsters remain on right side of the law

Students from Hall Cross celebrate their win in the Mock Trial Competition. (Top Left to Right) Ben Ripley, 13, Jade Brodder, 13, Adam Fritchley, 13, Aaron Byers, 13, Yolande Haynes, 13 and Ryan Fox, 13. (Bottom Left to Right) Chelsea McKernan, 14, Lauren Shepard, 12, Lucie Stringer, 14, Joel Hopwood, 13, Lousie Moglia, 13, Elisha Schooner, 13, Joniie Kelly, 13 and Stewart Gueot, 13. Picture: Andrew Roe
Students from Hall Cross celebrate their win in the Mock Trial Competition. (Top Left to Right) Ben Ripley, 13, Jade Brodder, 13, Adam Fritchley, 13, Aaron Byers, 13, Yolande Haynes, 13 and Ryan Fox, 13. (Bottom Left to Right) Chelsea McKernan, 14, Lauren Shepard, 12, Lucie Stringer, 14, Joel Hopwood, 13, Lousie Moglia, 13, Elisha Schooner, 13, Joniie Kelly, 13 and Stewart Gueot, 13. Picture: Andrew Roe
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BUDDING legal eagles are though to the next round of a national competition after being up before the beak.

Hall Cross School was up against Danum School in the borough final of the annual Mock Trial Competition organised by education charity the Citizenship Foundation.

Pupils aged between 12 and 14 acted out the roles of witnesses, jurors, lawyers and court staff with one team arguing for the defence and the other for prosecution in front of professional court personnel.

Jurors sided with Hall Cross which will now battle it out in the regional finals.

Hall Cross librarian, Emma Halliday, who helped with preparation for the trial said: “They really enjoyed it, they get a lot out of it. It makes them very aware of what could happen to them if they do not stay on the right side of the law.”

Mrs Halliday said the date of the next round had not been confirmed but everyone was happy with the success.

She added: “They are all really proud of themselves and the school are really proud of them.”