Pacific Hills for the Prosecution!

Pacific Hills Mock Trial TeamSenior students have participated in the 2021 Mock Trial Competition against Redfield College who argued for the Defence. Run by The Law Society of New South Wales the Mock Trial Competition introduces students to the law and provides a practical experience into the true to life adversarial court case setting. Understanding was enriched as each team member had a role within the judicial system to portray Barrister, Witness or Court Clerk.

The students had been preparing their case throughout Term 1. Pacific Hills was prosecuting an individual who had allegedly used community raised funds to pay for a trip to Bali. The funds were intended to pay for the accused daughter’s cancer medical bills.

Our team received assistance from Pacific Hills alumni Ruth McCrindle. McCrindle was school captain in 1996 and is now a lawyer for Karp O’Neil. She specialises in sexual assault, medical negligence and wills and estate cases. Her trial knowledge was greatly appreciated by the students. McCrindle advised the students that in court and presenting in front of a judge to always be over prepared. Advising “If you get knocked down by the Judges statements or opposing teams’ objections the important thing is to not let it affect you and to move on”.

Mock Trial The Law Society of NSWIt was an amazing experience to have the opportunity to act as prosecutors in front of Registrar Jerry Riznyczok from the Supreme Court of NSW.

Students on the Mock Trial team said that “it was a really good experience” and that they would recommend participating in this activity to all friends and those who were interested. A member of the team stated that she would like to study law and “I now know all the proceedings its very good work experience” while another said that “The mock trial process helps you learn how to think on the spot”.

Well done to the Pacific Hills team for arguing a compelling case.