Tuesday 27 September 2016

Barons and bishops on 'trial' to mark Magna Carta's 800th anniversary

Published 20/07/2015 | 00:07

The event organised by the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee and the UK Supreme Court will take place at Westminster
The event organised by the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee and the UK Supreme Court will take place at Westminster

A mock trial of barons and bishops will be held in the Palace of Westminster to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

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TV presenter and comedy writer Clive Anderson will play a leading role alongside a number of top legal figures.

The "trial" will be held in front of Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer of the US Supreme Court, and Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of New Zealand.

Lord Neuberger said: "Judges never usually comment before a case, but in this instance I think I can safely make an exception.

"We will be deciding whether, setting aside the global impact of some of the ideas embedded in Magna Carta, the barons' actions in 1215 could be justified in law.

"We can't promise a polished theatrical performance, but we do hope to offer a creative and interesting way of retelling the great Magna Carta story that encourages people to think about the battle of wills and principles that lay behind this world famous treaty."

The event has been organised by the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee and the UK Supreme Court.

It will take place on Friday July 31 at Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster.

The "verdict" will be published on the Supreme Court website.

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