On Monday 20 March, a group of SMGS students participated in the first round of the Law Society of NSW Mock Trial Competition.
Participation in the trial is offered as a co-curricular activity at SMGS for students in Years 9, 10 and 11. The competition aims to introduce students to the NSW judicial system and involves students taking part in a pretend criminal or civil court case. There are a variety of roles that students can play, including barrister, solicitor, witness, court officer and judicial officer. The trials often take place in local court houses and they provide a wonderful experience for students who are interested in the law, including advocacy, debating and problem-solving skills.
Of her experience participating in the Mock Trial, Year 10 student Eve Donnelly said, “I loved doing the mock trial. It was a whole new setting that I had never been exposed to and it has sparked in me an interest in legal studies”.
So how did the SMGS team fare? The SMGS Mock Trial team won the first round of the competition against Frensham at Cooma Court House. It was a criminal case involving malicious damage (graffiti to a train station wall) and SMGS were acting for the defence. The team consisted of Shelby Holland and Bronte Hely as barristers, Kadee Laird as solicitor, Saskia Dutch as court officer, and Laura Hobbs and Eve Donnelly as witnesses.
Legal Studies teacher, Susan Plum, was proud of how the SMGS team performed, stating, “The team did very well for their first trial, and the experience has really given them a better understanding of how to prepare their case for the next round against Radford College at the end of April.”