Notre Dame Sydney Law Society

2017 Witness Examination

In 2016, the NDSLS successfully ran the witness examination competition for the second time on our campus. Congratulations to the 2016 winner Adrian Vincent and grand finalist Ryan Gregory.

This competition runs in the second semester.


In one sentence…
Act as counsel in a legal circumstance that enables you to examine and interrogate witnesses in order to reveal logical answers to a particular legal problem by uncovering the facts.

What is involved?

The Witness Examination competition is a simulated civil or criminal trial. Teams consist of two students, one barrister and one non-competitive witness. (Roles are interchangeable)

I. As the barrister, you will act as either counsel for the defence or prosecution and your task will be to ascertain the facts of the case through the examination and cross-examination of witnesses.

II. As a witness, you must memorise the facts of the case prior to trial and must testify in accordance with the facts. It is permissible to create facts that are not in the brief, but the facts created must always be consistent with the brief.

The witness is a noncompetitive witness meaning that they must be cooperative for both the defence and prosecution.

For more information, refer to the Competitions Guide.


Please contact Thomas Adams ( if you wish to sponsor this competition.

Past Winners

The 2016 Winner Adrian Vincent. For the full list of finalists, please see the Competitions Honours Roll.

Photo Gallery

2016 NDSLS Witness Examination Grand Final

2015 Inaugural NDSLS Witness Examination Grand Final (Full Photo Album)