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Mock Trial

NSW Law Society's Mock Trial

Killara High School successfully defends their client against arson charges

The matter before the court concerned the serious charge of arson brought under the Crimes Act 1900 NSW - Section 195 relating to destroying or damaging property. The Killara High School team had the task of defending Jay Abbott against the charge that he intentionally burnt down the Kids Kaos Youth Centre.

Killara's first barrister, Anton Lubbers, effectively opened the case for the defence through a direct and concise opening statement. Anton proceeded to entrap and undermine the credibility of Constable Nick Murphy by questioning the reliability of evidence and raising appropriate objections. Emily Gamaroff, as second barrister, reinforced our case through her methodical and well-structured approach towards cross examination and by providing a closing statement that utilised precedents and points of law. 

Emily cross examined Charlie Collins and developed a line of argument that discredited eye witness evidence. Rachael Piech was the instructing solicitor who compiled extensive solicitor's notes and actively instructed the two barristers in their objections and in developing their legal argument.

Claudia Harper, as court officer, called the witnesses and administered the oath on several occasions. Claudia ensured that the court proceedings for the evening ran smoothly as she clearly adjourned and resumed the court in an orderly manner.

The defendant was played by Mikaela Zipkis who held her position very well despite undergoing intense cross examination. Debbie Lowenstein played the role of second witness and furthered our case by presenting crucial evidence in a clear and succinct manner that strengthened our case within the context of cross examination. Both Debbie and Mikaela acted professionally whilst in the witness stand and their presentation was reflective of their thorough preparation for their roles.

The team was instructed by Mr David Patten who coached the team over several days before school.  Killara High School's Mock Trial team is appreciative of the time that Mr Patten has dedicated towards refining the skills of the team and the valuable insights he has provided about the legal profession. This case was held on Wednesday 4th April 2013 at Turramurra High School and formed the second round of the New South Wales Law Society's Mock Trial competition.


Robin Chand and Liesl Williamson, Mock Trial Coordinators

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