Mock Trial Competition

A brand-new endeavour for the 2019/20 academic year, we will be running a Mock Trial competition!

This competition is open to students of all years, no matter what year or degree you are doing. However, the only catch is that you must be a Law Society member to participate. 

This year's competition is sponsored by LexisNexis.

 

If you have any further questions that are not answered on this page, please contact our Mooting Officer Mahnam Khan at mooting.lawsociety@cardiff.ac.uk

What is Mock Trial? 

Mock Trial is a courtroom simulation where you will be performing a piece of a trial in front of a judge. It is similar to mooting, but at a trial level rather than an appellate level. The roles in a mock trial are: 

  • Opening Arguments: Here, you will be making your first statement to the court by introducing the case to the judge and your arguments. 
  • Examination-in-Chief: This is where you ask questions to your witness to give the court background knowledge on your case and explain any ambiguous situations. Essentially, you are trying to relay to the court the most beneficial information to your side of the argument. 
  • Cross Examination: This is where you will ask question to the other side's witness to further your argument. The aim of this role is to get out important information from the witness that will help your side of the case. 
  • Closing Submissions: Here, you will submit your final arugments to the judge and present your case on the basis of what occurred in the courtroom. Your aim in this role is to make sure that you leave the judge convinced that your side should be ruled in favour of. 

2019/20 Competition Information

Our 2019/20 competition will take place on a Saturday in February (Date TBC) and will consist of an all-day competition with non-knockout rounds. This means that you will be competing all throughout the day, and the winners will be announced at the end of all rounds. 

You will be competing on teams of four persons. You must prepare both sides of the competition case, as you will be allocated either the Prosecution or Defence before the start of each round. Each competitor must handle a witness at some point during the competition, meaning that one side you prepare you must be either conducting an examination-in-chief or cross examination. 

Who can compete? 

Anyone who is a member of the Law Society (this includes all year groups and all degree disciplines). You do not need to have any prior experience to compete.

How do I sign up? 

You must fill out this form by 31 October 2019. It is an application to participate in the competition, as we have limited space and cannot guarantee that everyone who wishes to participate can due to space. However, we encourage everyone interested to apply. 

How will I be supported? 

We will be running workshops throughout first and second semester to help prepare you, but bear in mind that a lot of the work for this will be individually prepared. There will be a compulsory research session held by Ross Ludlow, a LexisNexis Student Associate, to help you prepare research for the competition. More information will be released nearer to the time. 

Also look online for resources regarding best mock trial practices.