High School Pupils Celebrate Magna Carta

27 April 2015

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing by King John of Magna Carta - the Great Charter establishing the rights of the medieval Barons and through time of ordinary people in relation to the government.

To celebrate this important anniversary the Law Society of Northern Ireland held an important event at Law Society House, Belfast on 24 April.

The event was attended by four Sixth Form pupils accompanied by Headmaster Mr Graham Montgomery.  The day began with a welcome to Law Society House by Mr Alan Hunter, Chief Executive of the Society followed by a visit to a Bail hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice.

After returning from the courts the participating schools were joined by Professor Brice Dickson from Queens University's School of Law who spoke about the modern relevance of Magna Carta.  This was followed by Bernadette Benati, the Director of Fundraising at the World Wide Web Foundation. She brought a personal message from Sir Tim Berners Lee the founder of the World Wide Web and addressed the issue of how the web can be used to promote freedom today. She introduced the school pupils to the concept of a Magna Carta for the web and launched a school essay competition on the topic. This fascinating part of the day was also attended by officials from the Department of Justice, the Chairman of the Assembly's Justice Committee and practising lawyers from throughout the province.

This was a high profile and prestigious event which has opened up important insights for the pupils on the legal profession in Northern Ireland and how our modern rights have been secured.


The photograph shows the participating pupils with the President of the Law Society and Mr Montgomery in Law Society House.


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