Co-Curricular - Mock Trial

Marian Catholic College competes in the Law Society of NSW Mock Trial Competition. This competition is open to students in Years 10 and 11. It 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. The goal is not to win for the sake of winning, but to learn and understand the meaning of good citizenship through participation in our system of law and justice. All who participate in the Mock Trial Competition are winners in this sense.

The competition consists of four to five Mock Trials in the Preliminary Rounds. If successful the team will progress to the Elimination Rounds which determine the two teams to compete in the Final.

The team commences preparation at the beginning of Term 1 each year, preparing for a case that is provided by the Law Society. Teams from competing schools take on the role of Plaintiff or Defendant. Each team consists of 2 Barristers, a Solicitor, 2 Witnesses and a Court Officer/Magistrate’s Clerk. Students often experience a number of different roles over the two years that they are members of the team.

Additionally, involvement in the Competition enables students to meet with other students from different schools and not just within the local area. This builds confidence and develops social interaction.