2009 Mock Trial Grand Final

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2009 Mock Trial Grand Final

Loreto Kirribilli v Fort Street High School

Friday 27 November

Wesley Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney

The trial starts at 9:00am and should finish about 12:30pm.

The Hon Justice Peter Hidden AM will judge the trial. 

The Mock Trial Competition is conducted by the Law Society of NSW and is

a practical means of introducing students to the law and increasing their

understanding of the judicial system.

The Mock Trial Competition is open to students in years 10 and 11. Each

team consists of six

students who play the roles of barristers, lawyers and

witnesses. In most cases the Law Society assigns a Coach to each team, who

is a qualified barrister or solicitor. The Coach provides information about court

procedures and advocacy techniques.

The Law Society also provides 'the case' for the mock trials. The cases are

confined to simple criminal and civil matters heard in the Local or District

Court. A team may act as either the defence or prosecution during a trial, with

each team member taking on the role of a barrister, solicitor, court officer or

witness, pitting their skills against the opposing side -

a team from another


Each trial is presided over by a Magistrate (a solicitor or barrister), who

awards marks to each team based on a range of criteria, such as opening

addresses, closing submissions and cross examinations. The team with the

highest mark wins the trial.

The competition also helps students to increase basic skills such as listening,

speaking, writing, reading and analysing. The goal is not to win for the sake of

winning, but to learn and understand the meaning of good citizenship through

participation in our system of law and justice. 

Media will be permitted to take photographs and or film the Mock Trial. 

Media contact: Sue Finn (NSW Law Society) 

Tel: 02 9926 0288 or 0412 346 648

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