Schoolchildren take over court

WH 140315  Pupils from Durrington High School and a police dog handler
WH 140315 Pupils from Durrington High School and a police dog handler

CHILDREN from Durrington High School finished second in a local heat of this year’s mock trial competition at Worthing Magistrates’ Court.

Five teams from four schools – Bishop Luffa from Chichester entered two teams, Durrington High School, Felpham College, and Purbrook Park in Waterlooville – took part under the auspices of the Citizenship Foundation.

The teams were given a short trial scenario and had to present it in the court setting. The children acted out the parts of all personnel found in court during a trial – legal advisor, prosecution, defence, witnesses, defendant, Magistrates and usher.

In a closely fought contest Bishop Luffa red team won and Durrington High School were the runners-up.

The top prize of £100, and certificates for all the teams, were presented by Jonathon Lucas, the High Sheriff of West Sussex.

Bishop Luffa will go on to the regional final in May.