Living Waters Lutheran College students put in supreme court performance at Law Society’s Mock Trial

Living Waters Lutheran College students at the Supreme Court Building, Perth.
Living Waters Lutheran College students at the Supreme Court Building, Perth.

LIKE a scene out of a real courtroom Living Waters Lutheran College (LWLC) law students put forward sound arguments to win in the last round of the Law Society’s Mock Trial Competition on June 13.

Competing against Presbyterian Ladies College, law students LWLC Justice won their second case and trial for the season with first-time barristers Jackson Snashall and Nova Ball putting in solid arguments for the defence under instructing solicitor Naomi Hart.

Excellent performances were also given by witnesses Josh Watt and Jesse Elliot.

While LWLC Justice won the case for the defence, they were pipped at the post for the decider to win the trial aspect of the competition.

Barristers Hayden Cooper and Jessica Russell argued their case well with Tahlia Morin as instructing solicitor.

Mika Rillstone and Emily Mahonen gave convincing performances as the witnesses coping well under cross-examination.

Many long hours after school were spent preparing for the case marketing and development officer Kathy Suggate said.

“The Mock Trial Competition provides an enjoyable, dynamic way of introducing students to the law,” she said.

“It provides students with an opportunity to learn valuable skills in research and the development and presentation of a persuasive argument.

“The teams spent several months putting in hours of extra time to prepare their cases, practice court protocol and plan their responses.”

“They were assisted by alumni Grant Benskin (2009 graduate and now a lawyer) and ex-student Esa Chrulew.”

It was the school’s third Mock Trial Competition and they plan to compete again next year.

“Our teams performed exceptionally well in every round and were a credit to themselves and to the college,” Ms Suggate said.

“Their arguments were sound, their behaviour professional, and their thorough preparation paid off when they were forced to think on their feet and respond as the case developed.”