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USQ Mooting competition

4/05/2015

In February this year, a group of brave Year 11/12 Legal Studies students agreed to take on the formidable and somewhat unknown task of mooting in the USQ Mooting competition. Mooting is essentially a mock trial whereby students are given a hypothetical case from which they have to construct legal arguments to present before a judge. The competition contained 16 secondary schools across Queensland arguing the fictitious drug possession case of R v Smith.

Our two teams of five Year 12 students and one Year 11 student received their hypothetical case and a raft of case law and legislation in late February. Over the weeks we poured over law, cross checked facts, debated, argued, found technicalities and evidence until we crafted submissions worthy of putting before Her Honour.

On Monday 4 May, our two teams travelled to the USQ Moot Courts to argue the case. Our first team of Rachel Servis, Lachlan Ezzy and Michelle Hain acted as the Crown, determined to prosecute a worthy scoundrel, sized up the competition provided by Kingaroy State High School. Our second team of Demi Jasper, Chloe Smith and Jodie Thompson acted as the defendant, determined to free an innocent man, and had two opponents – Kingaroy State High School and Centenary State High School – to size up.

Both our teams displayed excellent court etiquette and delivered their superior oral arguments with conviction. Despite not taking home a win on the night, the experience was a fantastic opportunity for the students to develop their public speaking skills, their confidence and to provide a real context for their legal studies course. A huge commendation to all involved for taking part in the competition.