Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

800 Children Take Part in Mock Trials

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

800 Children Take Part in Mock Trials

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MORE than 800 Manchester children have taken part in mock trials in reallife courtrooms as part of an innovative project designed to help kids from deprived areas.

Kids from the age of eight from nine schools across Manchester have taken part in the role-play with real-life barristers, judges and even an exo ender playing parts.

The aim was to teach kids from poorer back-back grounds about the consequences of crime and also to encourage them to consider a career in the law. The mock trials took place at The Civil Justice Centre and at Manchester Crown Court on working days, but when the courtrooms they used were free.

Organisers created stories from actual crimes. In one of them a girl of 12 is sent to custody and when, at the conclusion, children ask what happened to her, the girl - now a woman of 22 - reveals herself as one of the volunteers before answering the kids' questions.

The project has already been hailed a success in changing attitudes and more mock trials involving 1,200 other children are scheduled for March. …

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