Lipman Karas Witness Examination

Recommended for second years and above, though knowledge of evidence law and procedure makes it much easier for you and the judge!

In Witness Examination (or Trial Advocacy), competitors simulate a civil or criminal trial. Most rounds are conducted in teams of two (senior and junior counsel) and one non-competitive witness for each side. Competitors are given witness statements and information about the law 90 minutes before the trial commences and must prepare a short form case in that time. They deliver opening statements to the judge, question witnesses and then summarise their case, attempting to put forward the best case possible. The competition involves quick thinking, improvisation and the ability to go toe-to-toe with a usually uncooperative witness!


Previous Winners

2016
Callum Disario
*Callum reached the quarter-finals of the National Witness Examination Competition.

2015
Nicholas Lee
*Nicholas reached the quarter-finals of the National Witness Examination Competition.

2014
Adrienne Ey

2013
Benjamin Cosentino

2012
Hugh Bond

2011
Sam Blackman

2010
Sam Blackman

2009
Sharon Wilczek

2008
Robert Tompkins
*Robert reached the semi-finals of the National Witness Examination Competition, finishing 3rd overall.