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WitEx provides New Zealand law students a unique opportunity to practise their advocacy skills in a friendly environment resembling a real courtroom hearing. 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 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, with the key to success being your direct examination and cross-examination of the witnesses. The competition is fun, rewarding and a great training experience for aspiring courtroom lawyers.

2024 competition dates

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University: Prelim: Semi: Final:
University of Auckland 19 March 20 March 21 March
University of Waikato 25 March 26 March 27 March
University of Canterbury 25 March 26 March 27 March
University of Otago 21 March 25 March 27 March
Victoria University of Wellington 25 March 26 March 27 March
Auckland University of Technology 25 March 26 March 27 March

2023 WitEx winners

MinterEllisonRuddWatts congratulates the winners of each regional university WitEx Competition for 2023:

University: Winner: Runner-up:
University of Auckland Danica Loulié-Wijtenburg Alex Posa
University of Waikato Harrison Yin Si Thien Cullen White
University of Canterbury Annemarie Mora Sid Mowat
University of Otago Geordie Wesley Shani McMullen
Victoria University of Wellington Samantha Romjin George Curzon-Hobson
Auckland University of Technology Ivan Tarlton William Taylor

2022 WitEx winners

MinterEllisonRuddWatts congratulates the winners of each regional university WitEx Competition for 2022:

University: Winner: Runner-up:
University of Auckland Tara McGoldrick Spencer Barley
University of Waikato Harrison Yin Si Thien Cullen White
University of Canterbury Jerome Lao Jo Sit
University of Otago Laurie Duncan Sophie Turner
Victoria University of Wellington Grace Windhager Tabea Trounson
Auckland University of Technology Marcus McKenzie Leah La-Hood