Going through their paces in courtroom drama

YOUNG legal eagles were praised by a crown court judge for their performance in a mock trial contest.

Teams from four secondary schools took part in the competition at Calderdale Magistrates Court. Students took on the roles of defence and prosecution lawyers, magistrates, ushers, legal advisers, witnesses and defendants.

Calder High School, Mytholmroyd, was named overall winner of the contest and will go forward to a regional heat at Leeds Magistrates Court.

All the students involved, which also included teams from Brighouse High School, Rastrick High School and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School, were applauded by judge Peter Benson.

He said: "I hope the students got as much out of taking part as I did from watching it."

Judging the contest were representatives from the Crown Prosecution Service, local solicitors, police and a legal adviser.

Calderdale magistrate Susan Procter organised the competition, which is run by the Citizenship Foundation and the Magistrates' Association.

Winners were: Best prosecution lawyer – Joe Cotton, Calder High School; best defence lawyer – Jack Deighton, Calder High School; best legal adviser – Charlotte Gunson, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School; best defendant – Faye Collins, Rastrick High School; best prosecution witness – Rebecca Wedge-Roberts, Calder High School; best defence witness – Ella Saltiel, Calder High School; best bench – Kitty Wilson-Duncan; Jo Biglin and Jack Nahajec, all Calder High School; best usher – Jem Paramor, Calder High School.