On Tuesday 19 September the University Senior College Mock Trial team won the 2017 South Australian Secondary Schools Mock Trial Competition.
The Law Society of South Australia introduced the Mock Trial Competition to South Australian Secondary Schools in 1988. In its first year, the Competition had 36 teams from 32 schools across South Australia competing.
The Competition aims to bring the legal profession into closer communication with teachers and students in Secondary Schools to remove some of the mystique surrounding the law and the legal profession, and to give students a better understanding of how the South Australian legal system operates. The Competition encourages students to express themselves and to present an argument in a forum based on our adversarial legal system.
Teams compete in a round robin competition for three rounds, with the four top scoring teams moving through to the semi-final. The two winning teams of this round go through to the Grand Final.
Tonight’s Grand Final was between University Senior College, playing the Defendant Team, and Glenunga International High School, playing the Plaintiff Team. The case was a civil case between plaintiff and defendant where the plaintiff sought special and general damages, arising from assault and battery. The case was about proving liability and the USC team, representing the defendant, argued self-defence and so no liability. The case name is cited as Lulkovick v Canolvish with Justice Stanley deciding in favour of Defendant.
University Senior College Participants
Barrister 1: Athan Economos
Solicitor 1: Caitlin Curran
Barrister 2: Anushri Goswami
Solicitor 2: Ruby Preece
Witness 1 –: Chloe Camatta
Witness 2 –: Alicia Barron
Sheriff’s Officer: Maggie Carter
In addition to winning the Grand Final, Anushri Goswami was also presented with the Best Barrister Award and Alicia Barron was presented with the Best Witness Award.
Anushri was also awarded an Internship with Justice Stanley
The Law Society of South Australia presents this award to an outstanding student in the 2017 Mock Trial Competition. The Honourable Justice Stanley will provide an internship for a student to undertake work experience in the Courts. The lucky student, Anushri will engage with legal institutions which will encourage subsequent study of the law and a career in the legal profession.
The Mock Trial Competition provides students with an introduction to the law, legal processes and the South Australian legal system in general.
Students develop many skills, face challenges and gain confidence and experience as a result of their involvement in the Competition. They are encouraged to use their imagination, experience and lateral thinking, to improvise, and to develop their research and analytical skills. Students develop strong communication skills, confidence in addressing an audience, taking responsibility within a team and maturity in their behaviour. The Competition also provides students with an opportunity to meet with their peers from different backgrounds and regions, as well as members of the legal profession, including senior members.
One of the main aims of the Mock Trial Competition is that the development of such a variety of skills and experiences gained during the Competition will have a positive impact, whether large or small, on the futures of the students who participate in whatever is their chosen profession.
Congratulations again to the 2017 University Senior College team!