Witness Examination involves competitors acting as counsel in court. The aim of the game is to construct a plausible and convincing case whilst simultaneously discrediting that of your opposing counsel. Each competitor has their own witness, whom they must lead in chief, whilst they must also then cross-examine the opponent’s witness. Further, competitors may object to their opponent’s line of questioning where appropriate, and are also afforded the chance to present both opening and closing statements to the court in an effort to ultimately persuade them of their case.
Witness Examination develops three broad skills, being the development of a coherent legal argument, compliance with the rules of evidence and arguing the case before a judge. It also allows competitors to become accustomed to court protocol. It is also an essential and rewarding experience for future barristers and judges.
How to Participate
There are three ways in which you can get involved in Witness Examination at UTS:
- Junior Witness Examination is run over four/five weeks in the Spring semester. This competition is open to first and second year students who are financial members of the UTS LSS and have never participated in the competition before.
- Open Witness Examination is run over four/five weeks in the Autumn semester. This competition is open to all financial members of the UTS LSS.
- The Margaret Cunneen Witness Examination Competition is an annual intervarsity event held between UTS and Macquarie University. Upon application, UTS is represented by one competitor. For more information, click here.
Is Previous Experience Required?
No experience is required!
Historically, students often begin at the Junior level before attempting Open or Intervarsity level competitions. However, there is no experience pre-requisite for any competition and those students who enter Open Witness Examination without experience will learn the necessary skills quickly.
To watch the ALSA Witness Examination Grand Final 2015, click here.
To see a sample Witness Examination Competition Question, click here.
Competition Handbook, Rules and Score Sheet
To view the Witness Examination Handbook, click here.
To view the Witness Examination Rules, click here.
To view the Witness Examination Score Sheet, click here.
If you would like to be notified when registration opens, please provide your email address here.
For more information, please contact the 2018 UTS LSS Wit-Ex Director, Brae Aslanidis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.