Pupils debate cameras in court
Pupils from 14 schools across Scotland have won a place in the
semi-finals of the Law Society of Scotland's Donald Dewar Memorial
Debating Tournament after contesting the merits of allowing court
cases to be filmed.
The winning pupils, who were among the 62 teams competing in the
second round heats, debated the motion "This House would allow TV
cameras in all Scottish courtrooms".
The annual competition, which is now the biggest schools'
debating tournament in Scotland, invites pupils from schools across
Scotland to pit their wits and powers of persuasion against each
Heather McKendrick, Development Officer, Education and Training
Policy at the Law Society of Scotland, said: "All the pupils who
have made it through the second stage heats are to be
congratulated. There are always difficult decisions to be made when
selecting teams to go through and of course it gets more and more
difficult as the tournament progresses.
"The debate around allowing cameras into the court room is
highly topical and it was interesting to hear what the teams make
of the arguments in favour and against such a proposal."
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Schools through to the semi finals are:
Glenalmond College, Perthshire (two teams have gone through to
Craigmount High School, Edinburgh (two teams have gone through
to semi finals)
Mearns Castle High School, Glasgow
Hutchesons' Grammar, Glasgow
The Edinburgh Academy
St Ninian's High School, Giffnock
Meldrum Academy, Inverurie
Madras College, St Andrews
Stewart's Melville College, Edinburgh
St Aloysius College, Glasgow
St Andrew's and St Bride's, East Kilbride
Gryffe High School, Houston
Boclair Aacdemy, Bearsden
09 February 2012