Mooting success

(Students pictured above L-R)
Ayla Tartic,
Year 11, Runner Up Best Oralist, Junior Counsel QAHS 2
Gabi Roworth, Year 12, Highly Commended Advocate, Senior Counsel QAHS 2
Sophie Wells, Year 12, Junior Counsel QAHS 1
Naomi Smith, Year 12, Senior Counsel QAHS 1
Talan Ramsay, Year 11, Instructing Solicitor QAHS 1

The participation of QAHS students in the recent Bond University High Schools’ Mooting Competition yielded great success with two teams competing this year and receiving the awards of:

  • Runner up Best Moot Team in the Gold Coast Regional Competition – QAHS 2
  • Runner up Best Oralist, Gold Coast region – Year 11 student Ayla Tartic
  • Highly Commended Advocate, Gold Coast region – Year 12 student Gabriella Roworth.

These are outstanding results for our aspiring young lawyers who worked tirelessly to prepare their case submissions. We are pleased to see the growing interest in Mooting with two teams entered in the Competition this year, comprised of Year 11 and 12 students, with Year 10 students performing a research role during the preparation meetings.

A moot is a legal argument based on a prescribed set of facts. In 2016, the case involved an examination of the potential for negligence in a quad biking incident. Mooting is designed to teach and test a range of analytical and advocacy skills and gives students an insight into the operation of the legal system.

Moots simulate as closely as possible the operation of a real court and the students certainly experienced this on mooting day responding to vigorous questioning from the bench. Students are required to explain the relevant legal principles, illustrate the application of those legal principles to the facts and convince the court their client should succeed.

Our gratitude is extended to Mr George Carey (2014 QAHS graduate now studying Law at Bond University) who provided coaching assistance to the teams. Students will be presented with their certificates by Bond University representative, Ms Alison Mazey at the Honours Assembly in Term 3.

Vanessa Rebgetz
Deputy Principal/Moot Coach and Law Club Supervisor