In 2016 Griffith LSA hosted their inaugural Trial Advocacy Competition. Trial Advocacy is where Counsel get down to the nitty and gritty and interrogate examine witnesses on the stand. In the competitive form each Counsel has one witness of their own to examine in cheif and one witness of the other side’s to cross examine. A fact-finding mission with a simple foal. For the Prosecution, convince to convict. For the Defence, convince to not convict!

In what was an outstandingly well-received competition, our two finalists argued their way to the Grand Final to take on a scenario featuring a Constable alleging an Accused had engaged in public soliticing for the purpose of prosecution. Each individual piece of evidence was weak causing headaches for the Prosecution. Stack the evidence up however, and it weighed heavily on the shoulders of the Defence. The trial featured difficult questions, adament witnesses and masterful objections in front of our three judges Nicholas Harrison (former Prosecutor and Barrister-at-law), James Vercoe (VP Cometitions Nathan, past winner and experienced judge) and Paul Weaver (VP Competitions Gold Coast) who ultimately awared the winner and runner up as follows:

Winner:

Stebin Sam

Runner Up:

Jean Fischer

Stebin is now eligible to be sponsored by the Griffith LSA to take on the national championships in Hobart, Tasmania.