ECU Joondalup opens moot court for law students


Director of Competition and law student Dino Todorov with Assoc. Dean of Law Rupert Johnson and Law Society president Lynn Makokha. Picture: Matt Jelonek            d459343
Director of Competition and law student Dino Todorov with Assoc. Dean of Law Rupert Johnson and Law Society president Lynn Makokha. Picture: Matt Jelonek         d459343

ECU launched its moot court this month, where students can trial court proceedings.

Chief Justice Wayne Martin attended the official launch on September 7, and said students could use it to develop advocacy skills in a court-like setting.

“The courts of WA use information technology to improve the efficiency of court hearings every day,” he said.

“It is vitally important for students who wish to practise law to have the opportunity to gain practical experience of the use of those systems in a facility like the new moot court being opened at ECU.”

ECU Student Law Society competitions director and law student Dino Todorov said the court would benefit students preparing for international and national mooting competitions as well as their careers.

“The new moot court facilities provide a novel and integrated method of advocacy training which is an invaluable skill for young lawyers,” he said.

“Students using this new court room will test and grow their abilities to draft memorandums, prepare submissions and present oral arguments in front of judges, barristers, solicitors and alumni.

“This process is an opportunity for law students to refine their legal advocacy skills, preparing them for mooting competitions as well as practise as young lawyers.”

The moot court was designed to simulate a real courtroom, with similar IT systems, and associate Dean of Law Rupert Johnson said students were already using it for witness examination and cross examination.