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 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."