Sponsored by Clayton Utz
The Trial Advocacy Competition simulates a trial in which one (1) counsel represent the prosecution/plaintiff or the defence. The focus of the competition is examination and cross-examination of witnesses to provide an answer to a particular legal problem, together with the presentation of brief opening and closing addresses. Given this fact-finding objective, no knowledge of the substantive law is necessary, and only limited pre-trial preparation is required. The competition exposes students to the rules of evidence and the operation of the court system, whilst developing their skills of persuasive argument. Students are also encouraged to volunteer as witnesses.
Questions should be directed towards Matt Dulaney, the CompetitionsVP at email@example.com. The Coordinator of the 2014 Trial Advocacy Competition is Steph Baker who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Organiser is Jessie Poon who can be contacted at email@example.com.
Note: The competition now accords with the ‘witness examination’ format used at ALSA. Unlike past years, competitors will compete as individuals. Only an examination-in-chief and a cross-examination will be given by counsel.
A strict Blacklisting Policy will be enforced against competitors who withdraw from the competition either 4 days after sign-ups close, or 48 hours before their scheduled competition. Please consult the Rules below.
Competition Dates 2014
- Monday 3 March
- Tuesday 4 March
- Monday 10 March
- Tuesday 11 March
- Monday 24 March
- Tuesday 25 March
Quarter-Final: Tuesday 15 April
Semi-Final: Tuesday 29 April
Grand-Final: Tuesday 13 May