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2017 Foley's List First Year Witness Examination Competition


For the third consecutive year the LSS brings you our Mooting and Witness Examination Competitions exclusively for first years. These competitions were introduced specifically for first year JD students, and as such are designed to operate as an introduction to both Mooting and Witness Examination. The problems are of a level that is accessible to first years and an emphasis will be placed on helping teams improve round to round. 

In 2017 the Witness Examination competition will have 32 teams, sorted into 8 pools in a World Cup style fixture including group stage and knockout rounds. Each team is guaranteed to take part in at least three fixtures, with the Grand Finalists competing in a total of 6 witness examinations across the year. There is no better way of getting experience witness exam experience as a first year than through the 2017 Foley's List First Year Witness Examination Competition.

Registration Details

Teams consist of two students, one playing the role of barrister, and the other of the witness. These are interchangeable positions. As the barrister, you will act as either counsel for the defence or counsel for the prosecution and your task will be to ascertain the facts of the case through the examination and cross-examination of witnesses. As a witness, you must memorize the facts of the case prior to trial and must testify in accordance with the facts. It is permissible to create facts that are not in the brief, but the facts created must always be consistent with the brief.

Time commitment:

Witness Examination does not require research. The barrister should commit two hours to read the problem several times and to formulate an argument. It is recommended that one or two more hours are used to rehearse your examination in chief with your witness. However, remember that the more effort you put in prior to trial, the more prepared you will be for whatever may happen in court.

The witness can spend considerably less time preparing. All that is required of the witness is the memorisation of the witness statement, and perhaps the rehearsal of answering questions. As such, it may be in the interests of each team to alternate which partner occupies the role of the witness and barrister in order to experience both elements of the competition and balance the workload for this competition over the semester.

Team size: 2 members.

Attire: Please wear business attire to your competition.

Registration for this competition has now closed.

Key Dates

Information session: Wednesday 1 March

  • Room G08, 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • You can download the powerpoint slides here.

Witness Examination Workshop: Wednesday 15 March

  • Room G08, 1:00PM-2:00PM with the amazing Andrew Palmer, barrister and advocacy expert 

Round 1:

Semester 1, Week 3: Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 March

Round 2:

Semester 1, Week 5: Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 March 

Round 3:

Semester 1, Week 7: Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 April 

Quarter Finals:

Semester 2, Week 3: Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 August

Semi Finals:

Semester 2, Week 6: Thursday 31 August

Grand Final:

Semester 2, Week 9: Thursday 24 September at 6:30pm in the Moot Court, Level 5 Melbourne Law School 



Download the 2017 Foley's List First Year Witness Examination Guidebook here.

Download the 2017 Foley's List First Year Witness Examination Scoresheet here.

Previous Winners

2016: Elif Sekercioglu and Jacob Rodrigo

2015:  Madeline Close and Caitlin O'Neil