Proud sponsors of WitEx for more than 25 years

WitEx provides New Zealand law students a unique opportunity to practise their advocacy skills in a friendly environment resembling a real courtroom hearing. The competition is fun, rewarding and a great training experience for aspiring courtroom lawyers.

The preliminary rounds and finals are held in the first half of each year, and MinterEllisonRuddWatts has proudly sponsored this competition for more than 25 years.

What to expect and how to prepare to be an outstanding competitor

WitEx requires you to act as counsel in a mock court hearing before a judge. You will either appear as counsel for the prosecution/plaintiff or the defence/defendant. In each round, you will present an opening and closing address to the court and call one witness to prove your set of facts and support your case.

The key to success at WitEx is your direct examination and cross-examination of the witnesses, and you will learn a lot from the experience.

The problem question will be given to you 90 minutes before the hearing. It helps to have a general understanding of the law of evidence – 20/100 marks are allocated to how you deal with evidence law. The most important skills to demonstrate are an ability to get the information you need from a witness and to present compelling arguments.

2021 WitEx winners

MinterEllisonRuddWatts congratulates the winners of each regional university WitEx Competition for 2021:

University:   Winner: Runner-up:
University of Auckland Britney Clasper Deb Rawlson
University of Waikato Rebekah Te Rito Te Uranga Royal
University of Canterbury Amelia Gunson Jack Holloway
University of Otago Kelci Alderton-Armstrong Laurie Duncan
Victoria University of Wellington Susannah Harper Huhana Ginty
Auckland University of Technology Monique O’Meegan Marcus MacKenzie

 

 

2020 WitEx winners

MinterEllisonRuddWatts congratulates the winners of each regional university WitEx Competition for 2020:

University:   Winner: Runner-up:
University of Auckland Aidan McManus Thomas Carr
University of Waikato Rebekah Te Rito Kasey Dillon
University of Canterbury Ana Pye Sarah Flett
University of Otago Kate Hursthouse Joseph Corbett
Victoria University of Wellington Fergielyn Maneja Catayoc Meghan Grant
Auckland University of Technology Jacqui Danish Ruth Stowers

2021 Dates

University:   Contact: Dates:
University of Auckland Hannah Jang

021 137 4777

Lauren Aspoas

021 126 2692

Preliminary: 27 April 2021

Semi Finals: 28 April 2021

Finals: 29 April 2021

University of Waikato Akasha Rio

022 326 4251

Vinod Bal

022 307 9401

Preliminary: 23 March 2021

Semi Finals: 24 March 2021

Finals: 25 March 2021

University of Canterbury Brenna Hadley

022 3235 654

Ella Hegarty

021 0558 600

Preliminary: 23 March 2021

Semi Finals: 24 March 2021

Finals: 25 March 2021

University of Otago Jaz Nathan
027 870 2702
Alex Thomson
027 941 6781
Preliminary: 29 March 2021

Semi Finals: 30 March 2021

Finals: 31 March 2021

Victoria University of Wellington Ella Flavell

022 600 9225

Michael Newell

027 526 988

Preliminary: 8 March 2021

Semi Finals: 9 March 2021

Finals: 10 March 2021

Auckland University of Technology Tasfia Mahmood

021 213 3338

Holly Whitney

021 0235 3115

Preliminary: 23 March 2021

Semi Finals: 24 March 2021

Finals: 25 March 2021