Registration for this competition is now CLOSED.
Competitors may join the Facebook group here.
The Victorian Bar Open Witness Examination Competition is a simulated civil or criminal trial. Teams consist of two students: one barrister and one non-competitive witness. Teammates may alternate or swap roles for different rounds as desired, or may choose instead to focus on one role each for the duration of the competition.
Teams will be required to develop a theory of the case and to present this case to the judge. As the barrister, you will act as counsel for either the prosecution or defence. Your task is to ascertain the facts of the case through the examination and cross-examination of witnesses. As a witness, you must memorise the facts of the case prior to trial and must testify in accordance with those facts.
Preliminary rounds are held at Melbourne Law School, with the Grand Final being held at the Federal Court in Melbourne. Members of the public are welcome to attend the Grand Final.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Katie Nikolaou and Bill Cai at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 KEY DATES
Round 1: 30th/31st March
Round 2: 27th/28th April
Round 3: 11th/12th May
Quarter-Final: 4th August
Semi-Final: 25th September
Grand Final: 7th September
Dates are subject to change.
Congratulations to Anastasia Scarfo & Edmond Stewart for winning the 2019 Victorian Bar Witness Examination Competition. Congratulations to Jasmine Holmes & Karly Banks, who were the runners up of the competition.
Thank you to all those who participated in 2019.
2019 – Edmond Stewart and Anastasia Tarasova
2018 – Margaret Brown and Taylor Mitas
2017 – Sophia Kaiko and Julia Korolkova
2016 – Ruben Clark and Ishita Mattoo
2015 – Marijana Banovac and Yusur Al-Azzawi
2014 – Elizabeth O’Brien and Ash Perriman
2013 – Zan Mazharullah and David Adam
2012 – Julian Chant and Victor Lei
2011 – Daniel Holmes and Jesse Winton
2010 – Tom Ickeringill and Courtney McLennan
2009 – Unknown
2008 – Owen Webb and Rohan Hockings