Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Young Legal Eagles Face Moot Challenge; Grand Final Held as Part of Open Day This Weekend

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Young Legal Eagles Face Moot Challenge; Grand Final Held as Part of Open Day This Weekend

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THE region's brightest young legal minds will be in action at the University of Southern Queensland Secondary Schools Moot Competition grand final this weekend.

More than $35,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded at the event which forms part of USQ's Open Day Toowoomba on Sunday.

The St Joseph's College team of Amy Buckingham and Chelsea Keirsnowski will meet the Downlands College legal team - Clancy Tully, Hamish Holden and Charne Crous - in legal argument in a simulated courtroom.

The final will be judged by Justice Debra Mullins from the Supreme Court of Queensland, Judge Ian Dearden from the District Court of Queensland and Professor Simon Young from USQ's School of Law and Justice.

Eighteen schools from Toowoomba, Ipswich and North Queensland took part in the competition, with the two grand-final teams moving through four preliminary moots to reach the decider.

Head of USQ's School of Law and Justice Professor Reid Mortensen said the teams had shown a high level of skill throughout the series to reach Sunday's grand finale.

"Throughout the competition I have seen school teams argue their cases and develop their skills and confidence," Professor Mortensen said.

"The two final teams have put forward some very strong cases and shown a high level of professionalism and expertise - I believe it is going to be a very closely-fought decider."

The moot final will be run as a fictitious criminal appeal case with students allocated the role of Appellant Counsel acting for the defence or Respondent Counsel acting for the Crown. …

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