Mock court a hit once again
A student’s reasoning ability is a unique thing.
Imagine a mouse chasing a cat; think yellow talking to green.
On top of that, empower them with legal ingenuity, the skill to present a watertight argument and the self-confidence to do it before a high court judge, the end result is the Faculty of Law of the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus’ internal mock court trial competition.
Second and third-year students competed against each other in their respective age groups on Tuesday 20 August and Wednesday 21 August respectively before the final round took place on Friday 23 August in the Sanlam Auditorium.
Two prominent lawyers from Klerksdorp, Mark Adams and Renette Farber, played chairperson during the week after which high court judges Leonie Windell and Frits van Oosten took over on Friday.
The format of the competition works as follows: Two groups compete against each other with one group representing the state and one group standing for the defence. Cases entail relevant transgressions that regularly appear in the court such as robbery, assault and possession of drugs.
Each group is given a body of facts after which they have 24 hours to prepare.
In the final round the defence gave the state a run for their money with the second-year group of Prudence Seeletso, Tshegofatso Jacobs, Valencia Mogapi and Nolwazi Twala the winners.
“Congratulations to Prudence, Tshegofatso, Valenci and Nolwazi, as well as everyone else that took part. You really made us proud. This is a unique competition and peculiar to the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus. To have a theoretical foundation is of cardinal importance for every law student, but also their practical training. The mock trials are of inestimable value for the students and give them exposure to what is waiting for them in practice,” explains advocate René Koraan, lecturer and organiser of the mock court competition. “We are also very grateful for the ample sponsorship from Juta, the publishing company, who became involved in the competition this year.”