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Do you want to be the next Harvey Specter? Do you have an inherent urge to rectify the beliefs of those who disagree with you? Are you the most persuasive person you know? If you answered yes to any of the above, we recommend that you enter the 2018 Open Witness Examination Competition.
The 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.
Congratulations to Margaret Brown and Taylor Mitas for winning the 2018 Victorian Bar Witness Examination Competition. Congratulations to Alex Jane and Charlotte Ward who were runner up of the Competition.
Grand Finalists of the 2018 Victorian Bar Witness Examination Competition. Pictured (Left to Right): Matt Collins QC (Victorian Bar), the Hon George Hampel AM QC, Margaret Brown (Winner), Taylor Mitas (Winner), the Hon Justice Samantha Marks, Alex Jane (Runner Up) and Charlotte Ward (Runner Up).
Time committment: Witness Examination does not require research. A problem case will be sent out to the nominated first team member of each team approximately 48 hours prior to the competition. 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 change which partner occupies the role of the witness and barrister in order to balance the workload and time commitment to this competition over the semester.
Team size: 2 members
Registration: Will open Wednesday 28 February 2018, 7:00PM.
Tuesday 27 February, 2018, Room 102, 1:00–2:00PM
Wednesday 7 March 2018, Room 102, 1:00–2:00PM
Semester 1, Week 4: Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 March 2018
Semester 1, Week 6: Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 April 2018
Semester 1, Week 8: Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 April 2018
Semester 1, Week 10: Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 May 2018
Semester 2, Week 2: Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 August 2018
Semester 2, Week 5: Monday 20 or Tuesday 21 August 2018 (TBC)
Semester 2, Week 7: Monday 3 September, 6:30pm at Level 8, Federal Court, Court 1 (8A)
The grand final will be adjudicated by a panel of three judges: the Hon George Hampel AM QC, the Hon Justice Samantha Marks and Matt Collins QC.
Download the 2018 Victorian Bar Witness Examination Competition Guidebook here.
Download the 2018 Victorian Bar Witness Examination Competition Score Sheet here.
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