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MiniTrials and the Faculty of Advocates

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 website:

Pupils taking part in Minitrial

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.

Pupils taking part in Minitrial

The Faculty's MiniTrials Co-ordinators are:-

Ronnie Bain:
Michael Upton:

The Faculty of Advocates
Parliament House

Telephone: 0131 226 5071