Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year Honour for MiniTrials


Her Majesty the Queen has recognised the MiniTrial educational initiative by awarding an OBE to its founder Sandy Wylie (Lord Kinclaven) in the New Year Honours List.

"I am speechless but delighted," said Sandy.  "This is a great honour from Her Majesty which must be dedicated to the thousands of young people, teachers, lawyers and court staff who have worked together so enthusiastically and selflessly to make MiniTrials such a success in so many places over the past 15 years or so.  I am immensely proud of all of them.  I hope that this public recognition of MiniTrials encourages even more schools to take part.  It is a simple user-friendly way of finding out more about our Scottish legal system - and it is great fun too.  I would like to see every school given an opportunity to take part.  So spread the word.  The materials are freely available online and I am happy to help if I can."

"Thank you everyone - and best wishes for 2017."

Sunday, November 27, 2016

"Top Marks for MiniTrials" - Edinburgh 8 October 2016

"Learning about the law through MiniTrials has been given a "ten out of ten" rating
following the latest event at Edinburgh Sheriff Court." 

See The Faculty of Advocates website for details.  Click here for Faculty News.

This was the 14th annual Edinburgh MiniTrials event.  Many congratulations to Richard Hart of Trinity Academy for organising things and to all the schools, pupils and teachers involved from:
  • Royal High School
  • Craigmount High School
  • Wester Hailes EC
  • Balerno High School
  • St Thomas of Aquins RC HS
  • Portobello High School
  • Liberton High School, and
  • St Augustine's RC HS.
Many thanks, as always, to all the lawyers and court personnel who gave of their time and expertise so freely and enthusiastically.  A very successful day.  Well done everyone.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

You be the judge - sentencing exercises

Try these sentencing exercises from England and Wales - and generate some interesting discussions.
You be the judge - click here.
Many thanks to the Sentencing Council for England and Wales for excellent materials.
For resources for schools - click here.
Remember that the law in Scotland is different.
Can you find out what the main differences are?
Scottish Sentencing Council - click here.

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

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