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Pupils begin mock court case in Edinburgh

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Hundreds of pupils from Edinburgh and the Lothians have begun a three-day mock court case competition.

Leith Sheriff Court has opened its doors for the first time in 85 years to host the annual Primary Schools Mock Court Case competition.

Over 400 pupils from seven state and private schools from Edinburgh and Midlothian are taking part.

The preliminary rounds are judged on a knock out basis with all schools competing for a place in the final.

The final takes place in the Hub on 3 February 2012.

Lord Hope, deputy president of the Supreme Court, will preside over the final and decide the winner.

The competition is in its third year. The pupils have been preparing since the beginning of the academic year and are responsible for all aspects of their case including court debate, bringing witnesses and making robes for their day in court.

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