SCEGGS DARLINGHURST

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team who concluded their participation in this year’s Mock Trial competition a couple of weeks ago in the second elimination trial against St Catherine’s. This was a civil case in which the SCEGGS team defended a dog owner against a charge of negligence. Although the pursuit of #JusticeForMason was unsuccessful, it was another fantastic team effort and a high quality Mock Trial with only two points separating the teams.

Amelia Board and Sarah McNaughton (barristers) were excellent in their preparation and questioning, with first-rate support from Kristina Comino (solicitor). They explored all angles in their cross examination to raise as much doubt as possible about the veracity of the witness statements.

Phoebe Masnick and Aisha Imtarnasan (witnesses) were strong and articulate witnesses who handled their cross examination admirably.

Lily Helene was a professional and efficient magistrate’s clerk.

The magistrate commented that this was yet another top notch trial and he commended the improved manner and ability of both teams, having adjudicated them in previous rounds. Unfortunately the competition is over for SCEGGS this year, but we are proud to have progressed into the elimination rounds and we look forward to returning next year.

Thank you to coach and ex-student Maeve Curry who has worked with the team this year.

Kelly McManus
Mock Trial Co-ordinator

 

 

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team who won their first elimination round against Sydney Grammar earlier this week!

This was an interesting and challenging criminal case about online fraud, with the SCEGGS team of Kristina Comino (solicitor), Amelia Board and Sarah McNaughton (barristers) acting as defence. The team was commended for their excellent and thorough preparation of their arguments and questioning. Amelia and Sarah were outstanding in their cross-examination of the witnesses for the prosecution, calling into question their credibility. They were ably and consistently supported by Kristina, particularly in the tense moments during and after accessing witness statements. Hannah Mavrakis and Phoebe Masnick (witnesses) handled themselves extremely well under heavy questioning by the prosecution and remained steadfast throughout. Camilla Keenan (magistrate’s clerk) performed her role professionally and ensured the smooth running of the trial with her Grammar counterpart.

The magistrate commented that this was the highest quality trial he had seen in years and he awarded both teams the highest points he had ever given out. This is a credit to the hard work of both teams who clearly brought out the best in each other. In the end, the teams were only separated by two points. Congratulations girls and we wish you the best of luck in the next round against St Catherine’s!

Kelly McManus
Mock Trial Co-ordinator

 

 

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team who enjoyed a convincing win in their Round 4 trial against St Vincent’s College.

This was a highly entertaining criminal trial regarding the wilful destruction of property. It was truly a team effort with all participants contributing excellent performances. The case was thoroughly prepared by our solicitor Pip Wolstenholme, with outstanding addresses and questioning by the barristers Amelia Board and Sarah McNaughton. Our witnesses, Aisha Imtarnasan and Ella Godhard, remained steadfast under intense questioning during cross examination. The trial ran smoothly under the watchful eye of court officer Lily Helene. As always, there were plenty of lessons learned with sound advice provided by the magistrate. No doubt the team will continue to improve as they progress into the first elimination round next term.

Congratulations girls and we look forward to the next trial against Sydney Grammar!

Kelly McManus
Mock Trial Co-ordinator