The Law Society of New South Wales conducts the Inter-School Mock Trial Competition, with about 300 schools throughout the state participating. The competition involves students taking on the roles of barristers, solicitor, witnesses and a court official. The team assumes the role of either Prosecution or Defence in cases, which they argue before a real life lawyer acting as a magistrate. The team presents evidence from its own witnesses and cross-examines the opposing witnesses, before making final submissions on the evidence and legal precedents.
Day of the Week and Times of Meetings
There is a Mock Trial every 3-4 weeks; the dates are organised between schools, with a completion date given by the Law Society. Actual Mock Trials are usually held after school and run for 2½ to 3½ hours. There are two meetings per week from 3.30pm to 5.30pm in the Library. Team preparation commences in the second week of Term One.
Availability to Students
There are seven students in the team, all from Year 11. Auditions are conducted in Semester Two of Year 10 for those wishing to be in the team for the following year.
Parents who have a legal background sometimes provide legal advice to the Team. Such involvement is welcomed.