School Mock Court Case Project seeks tutors
The School Mock Court Case Project is now looking for volunteer legal tutors for its Juniors Mock Court programme.
The project is a Scottish charity that runs educational extracurricular activities for children and young people. The aim of the charity is to advance the education and aspirations of young people through participation in debates, peer-tutoring and mock courts. This is made possible through tuition by volunteer legal professionals.
The charity’s long running programme is the Mock Court Project where students learn about their rights and responsibilities and how the legal system works. After attending tutorials and specialist sessions, students develop their case and participate in a mock court against other schools.
The junior programme runs for primary school children aged 8-11 and takes place over three tutorials conducted during school hours. Tutors on the junior programme liaise directly with the schools to arrange mutually convenient times within the Mock Court timetable to visit the children.
Tutors will guide teams of pursuing or defending students through the case and the materials involved, showing them how to prepare and serve their claim for money or how to deny monies are due. Students will be assigned roles such as solicitors, gown-makers, researchers and artists, and will have to work through the facts and look carefully at their witnesses and productions before preparing for court.
The success of these programmes relies on the volunteer solicitors, paralegals and advocates who guide students through the case, legal processes and paperwork.
If you would like to volunteer, please register here by typing in your postcode and selecting schools to tutor from the map.