Schools which had qualified into one of the top four places in Ireland in the first round were given the chance to compete, once again, against each other in the final round of the competition which was to be held on the 6th of May. Morale was high for the Jes mock trial team members as the weeks prior to the final round were spent, by all those involved, preparing in whatever way to increase their chances for yet another success. Hence, when the day of the finals arrived the Jes’s team travelled up to Dublin once again to compete in the Central criminal courts. The first school the transition year students of the Jes were faced against were Cardonagh Community School, from Co. Donegal, and it was clear that the Jes’s team had once again performed to a just extent of their preparations, as they secured yet another major win over the opposing team. However it was in the final that the Jes had finally met their match. After a shaky start to the cross examination of the judge to their second witness of prosecution, the shook, yet unbroken Jes were hoping for, at least a tie. However, it was finally to be decided that the Jes were to be crowned runners up to Holy Rosary College, from Mountbellew, Co. Galway, leaving the Jes proud at their overall success.
Jes mock trial team:
Tipstaff: Lauren Maidin
Jury: Meadhbh Parsons, Freya Sweeney, Dara Golden, Aoibhinn McPhilips, Sarah Quinn, Sean Thornton, Isabella Kaar
Barristers: Tim Keogh, Cian Gleeson.
Solicitors: Lauren Mcnight, Cillian Blacoe, Anna Young
Witnesses: Conor O’Sullivan, Yasmine O’Reilly, Rian Spillane, Cillian Blacoe, Owain Roe
Co-ordinators: Paul Kilraine, Stephen O’Reilly, Allan Devaney
Alex Burke, and any other supporters