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ORDER! Schoolkids got a brush with the law during a staged court contest.

Children from Cowplain, Miltoncross and Purbrook Community schools tasted life as barristers and defence solicitors for the day.

LINE UP Students take their place in the courtroom

LINE UP Students take their place in the courtroom

They put their law skills to the test in front of a panel of district judges and barristers at Portsmouth University.

The group of year nine and ten students battled it out as representatives in a mock criminal scenario known as a ‘moot’.

This involved two fictional characters, 15-year-old twins Ronnie and Reggie, with students having to testify for and against them.

The pair had been accused of stealing a car with intention to joyride.

Ronnie breaks into the car but Reggie drives it, driving the wrong way down a one-way street at 40mph in a 20mph zone.

Crossing the one-way road is an old man who he hits.

Students from each school played the part of defence and prosecution.

They were then tested for their analysis, presentation and understanding of law in the bid to be presented with a court hammer and a £200 prize.

The coveted awards were shared between students at Miltoncross and 15-year-old Emily Nicholson from Cowplain.

Donna Cannon, of Principal Law Partnership, which organised the event, said: ‘It was a stunning evening with many tears shed! It was a proud moment seeing how hard the children worked to gain knowledge of the law system. We hope to do more in the future.’