Witness Examination is a simulated civil or criminal trial where the two opposing competitors act as advocates, each with a non-competitive witness. The witnesses are provided with their own statements that set out the facts of the case.
Based on these facts, each competitor has 90 minutes to devise a case theory and prepare a witness before the trial begins. At this point, the advocate is tasked with prosecuting or defending the witness and persuading the judge to find in their favour.
The trial process is shortened to fit within the parameters of the competition and focuses mainly on the ability of competitors to adduce oral evidence. The aim of the game is to construct a plausible and convincing case while simultaneously discrediting that of your opposing counsel.
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
Witness Examination at UTS is divided into three broad categories:
- 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.
Information on how to apply will be available soon!
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 see a tutorial video for Witness Examination, click here.
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 2016 UTS LSS Wit-Ex Director, Anthony Guerrieri, at firstname.lastname@example.org.