The Law Society coordinates an inter-school Mock Trial Competition each year between students enrolled in years 10, 11 and 12.
What is a Mock Trial?
A mock trial is a simulated court case in which teams contest a fictitious Western Australian (WA) legal matter presented in the WA court system. The cases are presented by two teams – a prosecution/plaintiff team and a defence team – made up of students playing the roles of barristers, solicitors, witnesses and court officials.
The Mock Trial Competition provides an enjoyable, dynamic way of introducing students to the law. It provides students with an opportunity to learn valuable skills in research and the development and presentation of a persuasive argument.
The whole class can benefit by being involved in some of the suggested learning and teaching activities that can be used to help prepare the teams for the trial.