On Tuesday 8th August, the SMGS Mock Trial team entered Round 5 of the Law Society of New South Wales’ 2017 Mock Trial competition. Our team performed very well in a challenging mock trial, which was held at the Cooma Courthouse. We were the prosecution in a criminal case involving a charge of aiding and abetting an armed robbery. Shelby Holland and Amy Hobbs were convincing as barristers, and Saskia Dutch and Bronte Hely were unflappable witnesses in the face of tough cross-examination. Laura Hobbs was commended by the Magistrate for her excellent solicitor’s notes and Sophie Pidcock was an efficient Magistrate’s clerk.

However, despite our best efforts, we were defeated by an outstanding Radford College team and this unfortunately means we will not progress to the next round. Although I am sad not to be progressing further in the competition, I am incredibly proud of the team. Every member has stepped outside their comfort zone to challenge themselves and develop their skills. They have pulled together when facing deadlines and unavoidable last-minute changes to the team and have always managed to perform to a very good standard despite the challenges. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the team and we have shared many laughs along the way. So thank you to the 2017 Mock Trial Team – Eve Donnelly, Saskia Dutch, Ambrose Hansen, Amy Hobbs, Laura Hobbs, Shelby Holland, Sophie Pidcock and Ehlana Wright. I can’t wait till next year.