Meet the finalists.........

The semi-final rounds of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament 2019/20 finally took place on Tuesday 12 May and Thursday 14 May.  In a first for the Society and due to the outbreak and spread of Covid19, the heats were held remotely with pupils from 15 schools dialling in from their own homes to debate the motion - 'This House believes that reality TV does more harm than good.

 In a change to the way the semi-finals usually take place and taking into consideration the unprecedented and challenging times we are experiencing, the motion was announced one week prior to the debate to allow participants to confer remotely with their teammates.

In another first for the Society, the grand final will go ahead on Thursday 4 June but will also be held remotely via the Law Society's video conferencing facility - Bluejeans.  Registered judges and semi-finalist teams will be invited to attend and whilst it won't be the grand affair we are used to in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament, we are hoping it will still be a fantastic and exciting opportunity for our finalists and all pupils who are able to 'attend' and participate in a scaled down floor debate.

The teams who made it through to our final are:

  • Fortrose Academy, Highland
  • Balfron High School, Stirlingshire
  • Peebles High School, Borders, and
  • The Royal High School, Edinburgh


If you are interested in entering a team for next year's tournament please contact iI you're new to debating please let us know and we can send you information relating to setting up a debate club at your school. In the meantime, the 2019/20 tournament winner will be announced soon - stay tuned!

Whether you are experienced or new to debating - get involved with Scotland's biggest high school debating competition today. Debating is a great way to not only start learning and developing new skills but it can also help to improve your public speaking skills and develop your self-confidence. David Blair, past participant and now a judge in the tournament, explains how being involved has helped him in his role as a solicitor.

How the debate works

Learn about the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament format, rules and timescales.

Information for teams

Find out how to enter a team for the debate and read case studies from past competitors.

Information for judges

Whether you're a law student, a trainee, a practicing or retired solicitor or just love debating, we'd love to hear from you!