PCC Barry Coppinger has sent his congratulations to local schoolchildren who have made it through to the national final of a prestigious "legal eagle" competition. St Peters School, South Bank, will be representing the region in the national finals of the "Citizenship Foundation Magistrates Mock Trial Competition" in Birmingham on Saturday 6 June after winning through local and regional heats.
The competition sees pupils adopting the roles of barristers, solicitors, magistrates and other figures in a mock court case and being judged on their professionalism, presentation and legal knowledge. St Peters won the local heat at Teesside Magistrates Court and then the regional final in Kendal.
In a letter to the triumphant pupils Mr Coppinger wrote: "Many, many congratulations on reaching the national final of the "Citizenship Foundation Magistrates Mock Trial Competition".
"I understand this is the first time the school has entered the competition so to win through the heats to become regional champions and fly the flag for the North-East in the national finals is a terrific achievement.
"You are a credit to your parents and teachers and further proof of the tremendous number of talented young people we have in Cleveland. I do hope you enjoy the final in Birmingham and I know you will give it your best shot.
"Once again, many congratulations on your success and best of luck in the final."
Posted on Tuesday 2nd June 2015