Last week saw the School’s Law Society hold its annual mock trial.
Although the trial has been running each year for more than ten years (with the exception of last year when the event was cancelled due to Covid), this year was the first time it had been run virtually. The case concerned a fake Facebook account being allegedly set up by the defendant, suggesting that the victim had cheated in exams. The victim subsequently received approximately 20 abusive text messages per day and regular threatening emails which appeared to be connected to the fake account. The trial ran for over two hours, during which time the court heard evidence given by witnesses who were questioned by the barristers, all students involved were extremely convincing in their roles. Following enthusiastic discussions in the deliberation room, the jury found the defendant not guilty.
The trial was a great experience and enormous fun for all involved. We are extremely grateful to Oliver Saxby QC for his continued support of the Law Society and for judging the trial.