Jessica Garcia is responsible for the Magistrates Court Mock Trial Competition. This initiative aims to introduce the legal system to young people in an innovative and exciting way, giving them the opportunity to gain hands on experience. Now in its 17th successful year, the competition involves young people throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland; every year over 4,500 young people and 800 magistrates and other legal professionals are involved in the competition.
Students take on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff and prepare the prosecution and defense of specially written criminal cases. Teams compete against each other in a live format at Magistrates' Courts with their performances judged by Magistrates and other legal professionals.
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This interview is part of a research project at the Citizenship Foundation) in London, conducted by Anne Stalfort (AdB Germany), and supported through the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (Grundtvig Visits and Exchanges).
The Citizenship Foundation is an independent education and participation charity that aims to encourage and enable individuals to engage in democratic society. Founded in 1989, its particular focus is on developing young people’s citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding of the law, democracy and public life. The Foundation does this by championing civic participation, supporting teachers and schools with the delivery of citizenship education and by working with young people in community-settings on issues that concern them.
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