Academy pupils trial success recognised

Courting success: Ellon Academy pupils after receiving their certificates for their winning performances last month in the mock trials contest at Aberdeen Sheriff Court
Courting success: Ellon Academy pupils after receiving their certificates for their winning performances last month in the mock trials contest at Aberdeen Sheriff Court

A team of Ellon Academy pupils who won through stiff opposition to win a mock trial competition held at Aberdeen’s Sheriff Court last month were presented with their certificates at a school assembly last Friday.

Schools from all across the North East were involved in the competition, which was organised by Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure service.

Teams of pupils had to either prosecute or defend in front of experienced Sheriffs in two true to life cases, the first of which involved the alleged theft of a school computer and the second an alleged case of dangerous driving.

“The mock trial experience has many benefits for participants – it not only helps them gain an understanding of criminal law, the criminal justice system and how courts work, but develops their listening, reasoning and critical thinking skills”, said council official Andrew Ritchie, who helped organise the event.

“The final of this year’s competition was a high quality event which impressed all in attendance and Ellon were worthy winners.

“The winning entry in the Court Reporter competition was described by the judges of being of a ‘professional standard’.

“The Ellon pupils were a credit to themselves, the hardworking and dedicated staff and their parents. They deserve congratulation for a magnificent performance.”

The pupils will all receive a special accreditation if they wish to study law at Aberdeen University.