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.

Winners from each regional competition have the opportunity to travel to Australia midyear to compete against the winners from each Australian university at the ALSA Conference.

2019 WitEx winners

MinterEllisonRuddWatts congratulates the winners of each regional university WitEx Competition for 2019:

University:   Winner: Runner-up:
University of Auckland Bronwyn Wilde Luke Sweeney
AUT University Tessa Whale Chontell Lewis
University of Canterbury Robert Petch Tom Bagnell
University of Otago Jacobi Kohu-Morris Penny Mander
Victoria University of Wellington Oliver Fredrickson Fergie Catayoc
University of Waikato Tania Powell Keana Fletcher-Mathews

2020 Dates

University:   Contact: Dates:
University of Auckland William Turner
021 349 049
Max Kwan
021 0248 5661
Preliminary: 9 March 2020

Semi Finals: 10 March 2020

Finals: 11 March 2020

University of Waikato Jordyn Coxhead
027 882 4571
Tish Dixon
027 816 8164
Yet to be confirmed, but likely to be 6 – 9 April 2020
University of Canterbury Amelia Gunson
027 867 2730
Grechen Nicholls
021 145 9210
Preliminary: 25 March 2020

Semi Finals: 26 March 2020

Finals: 27 March 2020

University of Otago Molly Dore
027 384 9703
Antonia Post
027 363 0919
Preliminary: 4 May 2020

Semi Finals: 5 May 2020

Finals: 8 May 2020

Victoria University of Wellington Francesca Wilson
021 255 3516
Rita Shasha
021 110 0350
Preliminary: 16 March 2020

Semi finals:  17 March 2020

Finals: 18 March 2020

Auckland University of Technology Marlan Prabahar
021 110 9947
Isha Nirmalan
027 298 5824
Preliminary: 16 March 2020

Semi Finals: 17 March 2020

Finals: 19 March 2020