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.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

The Paisley Snail Conference - 25 & 26 May 2012

Who then in law is my neighbour? 

Donoghue v Stevenson: 80 years on.

An International Conference will be taking place on May 25 & 26, 2012, to mark the exact 80th anniversary of Lord Atkin’s judgment.  The University of the West of Scotland, Renfrewshire Law Centre, the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates, are hosting a Major International Conference in Paisley (where else) to examine, discuss and celebrate eighty years of the law of tort, negligence and delict.  What was the decision?  Is this most famous case (probably) of all time? Why was it so important? How has the law developed since then?  What does the future hold? And was it really a snail in the bottle?
For further details go to