Toughest case yet for Bar Mock students

Teacher Susan Gregg and her class taking a break from their practice sessions
Teacher Susan Gregg and her class taking a break from their practice sessions

Dalriada School students are preparing for their toughest case yet.

Following their success in the Northern Ireland heat in November 2015 and triumph at the UK Final in April 2016, Dalriada pupils will now compete in the Bar Mock Trial World Championships in New York.

Dalriada School has made the World Final of the Bar Mock Trial Competition for a third time and remain the only school from Northern Ireland to ever compete at this level. Susan Gregg is the teacher responsible for the Mock Trial participation and training.

“The World Championships of Mock Trial allows pupils the opportunity to face the best Mock Trial teams from around the world. Our pupils have worked incredibly hard to get to this stage of the competition and are delighted to be able to represent both their school and country at this level,” she said.

“It has been a very busy and intense few months as we have prepared for the World Championships. On behalf of the team, I would like to thank Craig Dunford BL for taking the time to be at many of our rehearsals. The advice and support he has offered has been invaluable.”

Liam McCollum QC, Chairman of the Bar of Northern Ireland congratulated the pupils and their teacher, Susan Gregg on their achievement.

“Progressing to this level demonstrates tremendous commitment and skills from the pupils, their teacher and barrister mentors who sacrifice their evenings and weekends to practice and prepare. The Bar wishes them every success.” The Bar Mock Trial World 2016 Championship is being held in New York 10th-15th November.