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UK Supreme Court Debate Days 2017/2018

The Supreme Court offers ten educational institutions from across the UK the opportunity to take part in a debate day every academic year.

At the start of the day, students will be given an introductory tour of the Supreme Court to give them an overall understanding of its role and work followed by a short quiz. They are then split into groups (‘for’ and ‘against’ a legal question) where they work on constructing and formulating their argument assisted by Supreme Court staff and professional lawyers. A third group of students act as judges, considering the strength of the arguments put before them on the point of law at stake. The students are then given the unique opportunity to debate in one of the Supreme Court's courtrooms followed by a general Q&A session with a panel of lawyers.

Students are able to choose their preferred debate from a variety of topics, all of which relate to cases previously heard by the Supreme Court. Each debate enables students to not only look at the point of law raised in the case but also gives them an opportunity to debate the wider issue.

These workshops provide students with the opportunity to learn about the separation of powers, the role of the highest court in the land and the constitutional significance of the Supreme Court, in addition to developing their critical thinking and public speaking skills.

Visiting Times and Entry Information

Debate day workshops are intended for either GCSE or A Level (or equivalent e.g. Scottish Highers) students and accommodate groups of up to a maximum of 25 students. Please note that all groups must ensure that there is a minimum of 15 students before booking and that there are two teachers available to accompany groups any larger than this. Debate days take place on Fridays, once a month, from 11:00 to 15:00.

Dates and further details can be found at https://www.supremecourt.uk/debate-days.html along with all the relevant documentation needed to apply. If you have any specific questions about the programme please contact the Debate Day Coordinator at the Supreme Court, Saira Ejaz saira.ejaz@supremecourt.uk