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Interschool Law Debate

2/08/2017
 
Year 12 Legal Studies students Ashlee Barnett, Tom Byrne and David West participated in the Interschool Law Debate organised by the Central Queensland Law Association and Central Queensland University. The debates were judged by Her Honour Justice Catherine Homes who is the Chief Justice of Queensland as well as our local Supreme Court judge, Justice Duncan McMeekin and Regional Coordinating Magistrate, Cameron Press.

In the Rockhampton Supreme Court, the students successfully argued that “Beyond reasonable doubt in criminal matters is not too high a burden of proof”. Their opposition on the night was Emmaus College.

The Interschool Law Debate is aimed at developing the students’ legal research and advocacy skills. The students were assisted by legal mentor, Lauren Gabriel, who is an Associate Partner at Rees R and Sydney Jones Lawyers. Lauren is a family lawyer and past student at Rockhampton State High School. Lauren competed in the same competition in 2006 as a Legal Studies student.

The students certainly deserved this win. They worked extremely hard and were thoroughly prepared for this debate. Their advocacy skills were exceptional on the night.