Students excel in mock court trials

Team White Collar: Kieren Elliott, Trevor Dhu, Rachael Lendich, Alexis Brenssell, Yasmin Martino and Josie Ashford.
Team White Collar: Kieren Elliott, Trevor Dhu, Rachael Lendich, Alexis Brenssell, Yasmin Martino and Josie Ashford.

The Law Society of WA co-ordinates a competition each year between students enrolled in years 10, 11 and 12.

In 2012, 875 students representing 82 teams from 43 schools competed, with Chief Justice Wayne Martin judging the grand final between Penrhos College and Presbyterian Ladies College last October.

Teams are encouraged to use the courts at the Perth Supreme Court in Stirling Gardens.

Each trial consists of two teams from two schools, which play the part of plaintiff, prosecution or defence. Each team consists of six members ” two barristers, two witnesses, one solicitor and a judge’s associate or court orderly.

Sergeant Phil Milne, from Midland Police, has helped La Salle enter four highly successful teams in this year’s mock trials.

The teams, Justice League, The Apprentices, The Punishers and White Collar, have won three out of four trials.

The school beat Melville Senior High, All Saints College and St Mary’s Anglican Girls School before losing to Perth Modern.

Year 11 students Rachel Lendich and Angelo Rechichi were commended for their excellent performance by the mock trials co-ordinator.

The Punishers and White Collar have won both their previous two rounds and have a strong chance of reaching the final.