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About the Project

During each academic year some 100 schools register in the 18 projects with circa 3,000 students. The charity provides over 100 tutors and countless Sheriffs spread across Scotland, currently; Aberdeen, Ayrshire, Falkirk/Stirling, Glasgow, Lothians, Livingston, Inverness and Tayside & Fife.

Past Winners

Year Seniors Juniors
2019/20 Prestwick Academy James Gillespie's Primary
2018/19 Prestwick Academy Pencaitland Primary School
2017/18 Dunbar Grammar High School of Dundee
2016/17 Kirkcaldy High Leith Primary School
2015/16 Craigroystone Community High St Mary's RC Leith Primary

 

P7 Transition

Started in the 2018/19 academic year to allow schools to incorporate more in the transition programme as well as to enable to us to reach even more schools. The tutors will visit the secondary school of each cluster, work with the S4 and S5 students who in turn will visit their feeder primaries. This will allow for a great depth of skills to be passed to the primary school students as well as allowing them to get to know the seniors of the school they will be starting at the following year and see for themselves the expected level of learning.

International Competitions

The first international trip was taken in 2018. Seniors, representing Scotland, taken to The Hague to compete against 13 other countries, including: Russia, America, Germany, South Africa in the International Moot Competition.

Later on 2018, a team made up from the winning team, were taken to New York to compete against in the first ever Trans-Atlantic Competition. We were succesful is winning.

In 2019 a team made up from students from across Scotland went to a competition on Romania and in 2020 a new team will again compete in the International Moot Competition, this time in Poland.

How Did it Come About?

The founder is Gerald Murphy who looked at the Parental Involvement Act and the then new Curriculum for Excellence from a parents perspective. Recalling schooling of old, the desire was to integrate a project into the schools that children would enjoy without realising they were learning and that had an aim that would surpass what is not ordinarily available to inspire students - appearing before a real Sheriff in a real court.

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You are invited to browse the website to see what it is we do and how well the children evolve, in what is a very difficult and demanding task. Bear in mind, 'real' solicitors have to attend university for years as well as complete a traineeship. These youngsters have just weeks to prepare their case

As part of the overall inclusion policy and as part of the cross-curricular emphasis, children are encouraged to use as many skills as possible. In addition to taking on roles as solicitors, students are encouraged to be artists, robe-makers, drafters, mathematicians, researchers, journalists and witnesses, thereby allowing entire classes to take part. Scoring for the intermediary trials are based on all roles, not just the court case itself.

The finals for the Juniors for the last academic year included Judge Forrester from the General Court of the European Union who has agreed to travel over from Luxembourg to sit, together with The Rt Hon Sir David Edward, who was one of the inaugural Judges of the then newly created European Court of First Instance and later in 1992, was appointed a Judge of the European Court of Justice. Also sitting was The Hon Lord Iain Armstrong is a Senator (2nd Division) of the Supreme Court of Scotland. In the preceding years Sheriff Ian Anderson, the Sheriff Principal for Lothian and Borders, Sheriff Principal M Stephen, Lady Smith and Lord Bracadale from the Court of Session, Lords Reed and Hodge from the Supreme Court in London and Lord Hope, the then Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court have presided.

The Seniors Finals 2017/18 was presided over by The Rt Hon Sir David Edward, with Lady Dorrian, The Lord Justice Clerk, presenting the Eve Crowe Memorial Cup at the Awards Ceremony.