NSW Mock Trial Competition
The Mock Trial Competition is conducted by the Law Society of NSW and is a practical means of introducing students to the law and to increase understanding of the basis of our judicial system.
The competition also helps students to increase basic skills such as listening, speaking, writing, reading and analysing.
Who can participate
The Mock Trial Competition is open to students in Years 10 and 11.
How the mock trials are conducted
Each team consists of 6 students who play the roles of barristers, lawyers and witnesses.
The Law Society also provides ‘the case’ for the mock trials. The cases are confined to criminal and civil matters heard in the Local or District Court.
A team may act as either the prosecution or defence in a criminal trial, or plaintiff or defendant in a civil 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 school.
Each trial is presided over by a Magistrate (a solicitor or barrister who will be allocated by the Law Society), 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.
How the competition works
The first four rounds of the Competition are run on a regional round-robin basis, and the rounds are held in each of the ten regions from February to late June.
The top 64 scoring teams across NSW and the ACT then compete on a knockout basis until two schools are left to meet for the Grand Final in early December. The winner of the State Grand Final is then eligible to compete in the International Mock Trial.
Chevalier College has successfully reached the top 64 stage of the competition for the past 6 years.
IN THE MEDIA…
Strong start to Mock Trial Season 2015 – May 2015
We are very proud of the achievements of the 2013 Chevalier Mock Trial team who were declared State Champions in 2013.