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High school students head to court


30 April 2010
A dispute between two cousins over the sale of memorabilia of the British Royal Family will be the subject of a mock (moot) court battle at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus today (Friday, April 30).

Ten teams from five high schools in Lismore and Coffs Harbour will be taking part in The Honourable John Dowd High School Mooting Competition, hosted by Southern Cross University’s School of Law and Justice, in conjunction with the SCU Law Student Society (SCULSS).

The high school teams, made up of students in Year 11, will be competing for a trophy and prize money of $500 for the winning school and $350 for the runners-up.

Students from Coffs Harbour Christian Community College, Coffs Harbour Senior High School, Lismore High School, Trinity Catholic College and Xavier Catholic College have been preparing their cases and will battle it out for the winner’s title.

The preliminary rounds of the competition will be judged by a bench of one SCU law student and one SCU law academic or local legal professional.

The final round will be held in the School of Law and Justice's Moot Court from 2.30pm until 3.40pm and will be judged by a distinguished bench comprised of Southern Cross University Chancellor
The Hon John Dowd AOQC, the President of the Far North Coast Law Society, Mr Bill Grace, and the head of the School of Law and Justice, Dr Jennifer Nielsen.

Dr Nielsen said the competition, held for the first time last year, provided a great opportunity for high school students who were interested in a law career.

“We have provided them with a scenario based in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Each team has to prepare their case and present that to the bench, following the normal conventions of a courtroom,” Dr Nielsen said.

“This gives the students a very real taste of what it’s like in a courtroom and we are particularly pleased to have The Chancellor John Dowd, a former Supreme Court Justice, to be on the bench for our final competition.”

The mooting competition will start at 9.50am, with the final round to be held from 2.30pm until 3.40pm.

Media are invited to attend. For information contact Brigid Veale, Southern Cross University communications manager, 02 66593006 or 0439 680 748.