Friday, October 23, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Magna Carta - click here for details

Edinburgh MiniTrials 2014 - a retrospective

A special guest at the Faculty's MiniTrials event on Saturday 4 October 2014 in Edinburgh was impressed by what he saw, describing the day as "a fabulous insight into the justice system".
Eric McQueen, Chief Executive of the Scottish Court Service, watched pupils from eight city schools act out criminal trials in the setting of real courtrooms in the sheriff court. 
"I thoroughly enjoyed the day and was delighted to be invited. It was evident to me that a huge amount of effort had gone into preparing the event to make it a great experience for the pupils," said Mr McQueen. 
"I watched them arrive in the court - some uncertain, some nervous and some in awe of their surroundings. But within a short time they had transformed into confident prosecutors, defenders, jurors and witnesses. All played their roles with commitment and vigour and their enthusiasm was contagious. 
"The day gave them a fabulous insight into the justice system while also helping to build transferable skills in public speaking, listening, debating and reasoning - all of which will stand them in good stead for their future." 
The MiniTrials initiative is now in its 12th year, and participating schools in Edinburgh in 2014 were: : Craigmount High School, Drummond Community High School, Firrhill High School, Forrester High School, St Augustine's High School, St Thomas of Aquin's High School, The Royal High School and Trinity Academy.

Edinburgh MiniTrials - 3 October 2015

The 13th annual Edinburgh MiniTrials are due to take place on Saturday 3 October 2015 in Edinburgh Sheriff Court.  The schools taking part will be:

Boroughmuir High School
Currie High School
Drummond High School
Forrester High School
Holyrood High School
James Gillespie’s High School
Queensferry High School
Trinity Academy

Friday, July 26, 2013

Edinburgh MiniTrials 2013

Court 10 - Edinburgh Sheriff Court

The 11th annual Edinburgh MiniTrials took place on 5 October 2013 in Edinburgh Sheriff Court. 
The guest speaker was the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill MSP.
The following schools participated in the all day event - which was a great success:
  • Boroughmuir High School,
  • Currie High School,
  • James Gillespie’s High School,
  • Portobello High School,
  • Queensferry High School,
  • The Royal High School,
  • St Augustine’s High School, and
  • Wester Hailes Education Centre.
Well done everyone.

Dowload the Edinburgh MiniTrial materials - from HERE
Thanks to The City of Edinburgh Council.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Being a juror

What's involved in being a juror - in Scottish Courts?
Click here for guidance

Jury Manual - Judiciary of Scotland
Click here for details

What's involved in being a juror - in English Courts?
Click here for video

Contempt of Court - Law Commission (England and Wales) Consultation Paper No 209
Click here for a summary

What is the Supreme Court?

What is the Supreme Court?
Click here for video

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Visit Court on your computer?

Why not try visiting court on your computer
- or on a mobile device that support Flash Player.
With thanks to Witnesses in Scotland.

Click HERE to take a Virtual Tour
or click HERE for younger MiniTrial participants

Monday, July 30, 2012

Happy 10th Anniversary to MiniTrials

Happy 10th Anniversary to MiniTrials
Congratulations and many thanks to all those who have helped to make the MiniTrial intiative such a success over the past 10 years.  A brief review of our blog shows that, since starting in 2002, there have now been some forty two (42) "all day" MiniTrial events - each normally involving eight different schools running two different trials.  Those events have taken place in Sheriff Courts all round the country - in Kilmarnock, Edinburgh, Paisley, Ayr, Dundee, Glasgow, Airdrie, Alloa, Stirling and Falkirk.  There have also been numerous "in-school" events, including the very successful Primary School MiniTrials, in Edinburgh and elsewhere. 
On any view literally thousands of Scottish pupils have now taken part in a MiniTrial. 
There are also bespoke MiniTrial materials for various different parts of the country - all available for free download from the MiniTrial website.  The regions include East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Edinburgh (Primary), South Ayrshire, Glasgow, Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire, Aberdeen, Highland, and Dumfries and Galloway.
Download MiniTrial materials from here
The blog list of law-related internet "Links" is a great educational resource (see right hand panel).
Well done everyone.  Looking forward to the next 10 years.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Edinburgh MiniTrials 2012

The 10th annual Edinburgh MiniTrials took place on 6 October 2012 in Edinburgh Sheriff Court.  The schools taking part were:
  • Castlebrae High School
  • Craigmount High School
  • Forrester High School
  • Portobello High School
  • St Thomas of Aquin's
  • Trinity Academy
  • Wester Hailes Education Centre
  • Queensferry High School
Download the Edinburgh MiniTrials 2012 starter pack from here
Thanks to The City of Edinburgh Council.