Unprecedented win in Mock Trial Grand Final
By Chloe Marks – Legal Oratory Captain
Towards the end of last year, a team of Radford Year 11 students (now Year 12s) competed in the Grand Final of the Law Society of New South Wales' Mock Trial competition.
The Grand Final took at the University of Sydney Law School and our opponents were St John Paul College from Coffs Harbour.
To make it to the much anticipated Grand Final, we had to win 15 other rounds including criminal cases about graffiti, sports fixing, shoplifting and an assault at a concert, as well as civil cases about the negligence of a ski resort and the actions of a postman.
After arguing our way through these and other cases, the Radford team remained undefeated and made it to the Grand Final. It was the first time in 20 years that a team from the ACT had made it past the elimination rounds. The pressure in the lead up to the Grand Final was huge, especially considering the opposing team had made the finals five years straight.
The team spent many hours preparing for the Grand Final team under the watchful eye of coach Andrew Ray, a law student at ANU, who had helped prepare us thoughout the competition. The team made the journey to Sydney with Andrew, Mrs Hunter, Mr Ewbank and many parents travelling to support us. The Grand Final case was heard by three magistrates, one of whom is a Magistrate of the NSW Children’s Court. The trial defendant was charged with driving under the influence and was represented by the Radford team which posed alternate theories to those of the prosecution. After multiple objections and witness statements it was decision time. The verdict was in … Radford was successful in taking home the title of Law Society of New South Wales Mock Trial Champions of 2017, making our participation in this competition a clean sweep!
Representing Radford at the Grand Final were:
Barristers: Chloe Marks and Jacinta Quee
Soliciter: Hannah Lilley
Witnesses: Claudine Page-Allen and Annie Creer
Court Officer: Angus Gibson
Other members of the team: Taylor Colvin and Bella Zardo
Special mention to Jacinta Quee who won the Sydney University’s Best Advocate Prize and $250.