In Celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta our Law students presented a moot, delivering legal argument, at the UK Supreme Court in front of the President of the court, Lord Neuberger.
Both student teams had to present their legal arguments to the court concerning the fictitious case of R v Croker, Bridger, Peach and Altabani and concerned the fundamental issue of a trial without a jury where the judge assumed the role under statutory powers. The appellants were represented by James Quail and Daniel Green and the respondents by Chloe MacKinnon and Daniel Mutton. A reserve team was made up of Hannah Sivers, Lauren Sivers and Lara-Annie Terry.
During the moot which was also broadcast live through the court’s website, Lord Neuberger asked questions of the teams and probed their arguments and legal authorities. The students presented with confidence and authority, watched on by an audience of fellow Law students and their teacher. Lord Neuberger commented afterwards on the outstanding performance of the students, particularly as they are still in the first year of their A-Level having only studied Law for a short amount of time.
The opportunity arose with the College’s association with Egham Museum and their plans to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. After the moot, Law students also had a tour around UK Parliament and visited the Magna Carta exhibit at the British Library.
Head of the Department of Social Sciences and the students’ Law teacher, Duncan Bunce, said about the moot: “It was the product of several weeks’ hard work for all. I ran a Mooting Competition in my Law classes to determine who would present at the UK Supreme Court, and ultimately the students who were chosen all showed an excellent ability for applying the law. The students performed brilliantly and were a real credit to our College and to themselves, cementing their interest in pursuing Law at degree level and even into legal practice.”