Attorney General’s Living Law Programme 2016/17

13 April 2017

Attorney General Mock Bail Trial

On 5th April 2017, fifty three students from seventeen schools across Northern Ireland attended at the premises of the Law Society for Northern Ireland, in order to partake in mock bail applications as part of the final session for this year’s Living Law Programme.

The schools were allocated various High Court Bail scenarios, with students from the schools playing the roles of both defence and prosecution counsel. The Attorney General acted as the Judge, giving judgment on each scenario.

The day ended with the Attorney General presenting the students with certificates to acknowledge successful completion of this year’s Living Law Programme.

Commenting on the event, the Attorney General said:

“My thanks go firstly to the Law Society of Northern Ireland for its generous support of the Living Law programme. Without the support of the Society fewer students would be able to enjoy the benefits of this programme.

My thanks – and congratulations – go to all of the students who took part in this year’s Living Law programme. I have been impressed by their commitment, energy and intelligence. None of these students should ever allow others to say that law is not for them.”


The Attorney General’s Living Law Essay Competition

Emma Hanna of Kilkeel High School was chosen as the winner of this year’s essay competition. The topic for the essays this year was:

 ‘A referendum is not the best way to resolve an important and complex constitutional issue’.

Emma was presented with a cheque for £100 from the Attorney General, as the prize for her winning essay.