Pupils at Aboyne Academy fended off tough competition in court last weekend to win the Aberdeenshire Schools Mock Trial Competition.
The team of 14 senior pupils, accompanied by their teacher Jennifer Law, triumphed in the annual competition held at Aberdeen Sheriff and High Court on Saturday, November 8.
The Aboyne team were successful in all three of their rounds, taking on KemnayAcademy, Inverurie Academy and Fraserburgh Academy. They went on to contest the final against Turriff Academy and, thanks to a confident and convincing performance, won the day-long competition, which was judged by Sheriff Graeme Napier.
On the day of the competition, the pupils were joined by Martin Sinclair and Sarah Murdie from Mackinnons Solicitors who offered invaluable advice and tips to the group throughout their preparations.
Mrs Law said: “The pupils worked so well as a team and fully deserved their victory.
‘‘They had spent many hours of their own time after school, scrutinising and analysing the cases and working together to prepare the different parts. Each individual rose to the occasion, performing brilliantly on the day, and the school is very proud of their outstanding achievement.”
The Mock Trial Competition is part of Aberdeenshire Council’s programme of citizenship education designed to develop an awareness and understanding of engagement in democratic processes.
By taking part in the competition and by attending training sessions, the S5 and S6 pupils were able to gain an understanding of criminal law, the criminal justice system and how courts work.
Pupil Ella Stewart said: “All the schools competing were brilliant and it was a really tough competition. Everyone did really well and it was a once in a life time opportunity.”