There was huge excitement and joy in the Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin on Saturday, 5 May when the Holy Family Secondary School scooped their first All-Ireland National Mock Trials Competition victory.
The National Mock Trials is a Transition Year schools competition which is organised by Vincent P. Martin of Public Access to Law and this year the trials focused on a fictitious drink-driving case. The Holy Family were represented by young ‘barristers’ Katie Clooney-Gainey and Roisin O’Donnell, who articulately and skilfully presented the case for the prosecution and convinced the jury beyond a reasonable doubt that the driver was in fact guilty. The prosecution presented two star witnesses; a garda (Laura O’Brien) and a detective garda (Róisin Murphy). Both were described as “unshakeable in the witness box” despite gruelling cross examinations.
The school had to prepare teams to argue cases for defence and prosecution. The students acted out all of the court roles, from barristers to solicitor, witnesses, tipstaff and court registrar. First time finalists the Holy Family Secondary School from Newbridge, won against previous champions Our Lady’s Secondary School, Drogheda,