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This year's Legal Debate is fast approaching & will take place on THURSDAY 20th OCTOBER 2011 at THE SHIRE HALL, CHELMSFORD. There will be teams of 4 A level students from: Chelmer Valley High School, Chelmsford College, Chelmsford County High School for Girls, King Edward VI Grammar School, Moulsham High School, St John Payne Catholic School, The Sandon School and William De Ferrers School Our Judging panel consists of:- • His Honour Christopher Ball QC, who has presided over many high profile cases at Chelmsford Crown Court including the recent sentencing of prolific thief Bradley Wenham. • Her Honour Judge Karen Walden-Smith, who is the first female judge to sit at Chelmsford Crown Court, she has presided over many cases including the burglary of a drugs factory in South Woodham Ferrers. • David Holborn from 18 Red Lion Court Chambers, who is a senior member of the his Chambers annexe, as well as sitting as a Crown Court Recorder. • Ms Sasha Bailey from 2 Pump Court Chambers, she practises exclusively criminal law and will both prosecute and defend. • Richard Wood from East Anglian Chambers, practises in a variety of areas with his specialist area being criminal law relating to serious fraud. Richard has also acted in a Judicial Review with regard to indeterminate sentencing and rehabilitation. We are delighted that Robin Merriam, Essex Probation Service and Gary Langford from Essex Youth Drug & Alcohol Service have agreed to be our Guest Speakers for the evening and we are extremely pleased that Dave Monk Esq. DL from BBC Essex has agreed to be the Master of Ceremonies. The Legal Debate will take the same format as in previous years, where the panel of judges will hear one school proposing and one school opposing the motion "SHOULD DRUGS BE LEGALISED". After all schools have debated, the panel will choose which Schools will go onto compete in the final round to win the Cup. There will also be an award for the best individual debater. For further information please email Caroline Spires at or telephone 01245 493939.