Melbourne University Law Students' Society

2018 Victorian Bar Witness Examination Competition

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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 2019 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.

2018 Results

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).

Registration Details

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

Attire: Business

Registration: Will open Wednesday 6 March 2019, 7:00PM.

Key Dates

Information Session:

Tuesday 5 March 2019, Room 102, 1:00–2:00PM 


Tuesday 12 March 2019, Room 102, 1:00–2:00PM

Round 1: 

Semester 1, Week 4: Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 March 2019

Round 2: 

Semester 1, Week 6: Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 April 2019

Round 3: 

Semester 1, Week 8: Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 April 2019

Round 4:

Semester 1, Week 10: Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 May 2019

Quarter Final: 


Semi Final: 


Grand Final: 




Download the 2018 Victorian Bar Witness Examination Competition Guidebook here.

Score Sheet

Download the 2018 Victorian Bar Witness Examination Competition Score Sheet here.

Previous Winners

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


Sarah Watling

Competitions Director (Internal)

Pia Mitchell

Competitions Director (Internal)