High school teams to contest mooting finals

Published: Comments:
Community Education & Schools Law & Safety Teenagers & Young Adults University & TAFE

This is an archived copy of an article. It is online for informational purposes only.

Legal arguments are reaching a crescendo as teams of students from local high schools head into the finals of the first Sunshine Coast Schools Mooting Competition this week.

The competition for Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies students from Gympie to Caboolture is a joint initiative of the University of the Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Grammar School.

Preliminary rounds have been held at the school over recent weeks and the finals series, starting with quarter-finals on Monday 4 June, will be held in USC’s impressive moot court – a purpose-built facility with the look and feel of a real courtroom.

Organised by USC Lecturer in Law Dr Dominique Moritz, the contest has provided many of the students from 11 high schools with their first foray into the field of criminal law.

“They were given a fictitious criminal law problem a couple of months ago and allocated either prosecution or defence,” Dr Moritz said.

“The problem is a complex one involving a man in a department store found to have a watch that he is alleged to have stolen.

“The students have to use real case law and legal arguments to answer the problem, similar to what our university students do at USC.

“It is a really challenging concept, but students have so far performed very well. The judges – people from the legal fraternity and USC academic staff – have been very impressed.”

Teams involved have been from Chancellor State College, Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Immanuel Lutheran College, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Siena Catholic College, St Columban’s College, St Patrick’s College Gympie, St Teresa’s Catholic College, Suncoast Christian College, Sunshine Coast Grammar School and Unity College.

The top eight teams through to the quarter-finals are Chancellor State College (two teams), Immanuel Lutheran College, Matthew Flinders Anglican College (two teams), Siena Catholic College, Sunshine Coast Grammar School and Unity College.

The quarter-finals will be held on Monday 4 June from 4.30pm, the semi-finals on Monday 11 June at 4.30pm and 5.30pm, and the grand final on Monday 18 June at 4.30pm.

University Of The Sunshine Coast : View Full Profile
90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
07 5430 1234
University Of The Sunshine Coast
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Research aims to strengthen parent-child bond 18 March 2019 | A clinical psychologist and mother of two young children has developed a free online program as part of her PhD at USC to help parents build happier, healthier bonds with their children. More information...
Vice-Chancellor announces planned retirement 17 March 2019 | University of the Sunshine Coast Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill has announced he will retire next year after leading USC through a decade of rapid expansion. More information...
Future doctor from Caloundra gains $24,000 boost 22 March 2019 | A desire to help others as a medical practitioner drew Caloundra’s Tom Rosenthal to USC’s Bachelor of Medical Science, and now he’s being helped by generous benefactors, awarded USC’s most prestigious... More information...
Aspiring entrepreneur gains $24,000 scholarship 22 March 2019 | After taking a gap year to travel through Canada, undertake work experience in three different industries and work in the real estate sector, Ilkley’s Oscar Noble has begun a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)... More information...
Burnside graduates gain $24,000 scholarships 22 March 2019 | Two Burnside State High School graduates have been awarded USC’s highest scholarship honour, the Thompson Excellence Scholarship. More information...
Melanoma survivors face increased risk of further cancer, new study finds 23 March 2019 | Ground-breaking research from the University of the Sunshine Coast and Cancer Council Queensland, has revealed that people who have survived an in situ melanoma are at increased risk of developing another cancer... More information...
Six students awarded esteemed Thompson Excellence Scholarships 21 March 2019 | Six high-achieving first-year USC students have received the University’s most prestigious scholarship – the Thompson Excellence Scholarships, valued at up to $32,000 each. More information...
Nursing students to check health of homeless 21 March 2019 | USC Nursing Science staff and students will partner with community groups to offer free health checks to Sunshine Coast homeless and marginalised people on Saturday 23 March. More information...
Exhibition to highlight artistry of Aussie women 20 March 2019 | The creativity and skill of Australian women artists will be celebrated in a new exhibition opening at the USC Art Gallery tomorrow (Thursday 21 March). More information...
Scientists find better way to treat koala chlamydia 19 March 2019 | Koalas can recover fully from chlamydia with half the antibiotic treatment they currently receive, a researcher from the University of the Sunshine Coast has found. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service