Supreme Court deputy to rule on young legal eagles

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Lord Hope, deputy president of the Supreme Court in London, is to preside over the final of a schools mock court case contest in the Capital.

The final of the Primary School Mock Court Case competition will take place on Friday, February 3, in the Hub and will be presided over by Lord Hope.

Teams from Loretto Junior School, George Heriot’s and Cornbank Primary School have all made it through to the final.

Some 400 children were involved in the intermediary trials during December, in both Edinburgh Sheriff Court and Leith Sheriff Court before five serving sheriffs.

The event, sponsored by Chamberlain McBain and Morton Fraser, is now in its third year and has seen the competitors engage with solicitors, advocates, paralegals and sheriffs.

Gerald Murphy, of Chamberlain McBain, said: “The aim is to support the Curriculum for Excellence and the consensus among schools is that the mock court case has succeeded.”