MiniTrials are an enjoyable way to learn about the Scottish legal system. They are mock court cases
which secondary and primary school pupils act out, using materials devised by one of Scotland's senior
judges, the Hon. Lord Kinclaven. The materials are published on the MiniTrials
A single class or school can put on a MiniTrial.
There are also inter-school events. These take place regularly in real court-rooms at Airdrie, Ayr,
Dundee, Edinburgh, Kilmarnock & Paisley through co-operation with the local Education Departments, Sheriffs,
Sheriff Clerks, Procurators Fiscal, solicitors and advocates. It is hoped to extend them to other areas.
The Faculty of Advocates helps schools to put on MiniTrials, by providing advocates who volunteer to visit
schools, offer guidance, and sometimes play the part of the judge.
If you are a teacher, pupil or parent and would like to know more, or to arrange for an advocate to visit
your school to assist with a MiniTrial - or if you would be interested in helping to arrange or participate
in an inter-school event - please contact either of the Faculty's MiniTrial Co-ordinators.
The Faculty's MiniTrials Co-ordinators are:-
Ronnie Bain: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Upton: email@example.com