Students undergo court room training


A TOTAL of 89 law students went through a week-long course with legal experts from Australia on court room skills, criminal and civil advocacy, last week.
The students worked with 12 Australian lawyers and barristers who placed the group through intensive training on enhanced criminal litigation, advocacy skills and mock court sessions.
It was to assist them practice on how to make submissions on behalf of their clients, leading evidence and cross-examining witnesses.
Trainee Moana Nahuet said learning from some of Australia’s top women barristers alongside the nearly all women Legal Training Institute team was very encouraging.
“After this workshop I feel more confident now and feel I could be the best in this profession and I am very grateful for this opportunity. It has greatly empowered and inspired me,” Nahuet said.
Trainee Nathan Hukula said: “These are very valuable skills, that we take with us to benefit the legal system in our country. As an individual, I gained a lot of handy tips on how to be an effective advocate when I get out there to practice law”.
Judge Christopher O’Neil described the students’ remarkable job over the five-day course: “From that time through to the present we have seen people who have been uncertain and shy, tentative about their examination and cross examination and submissions, into people who have become strong advocates, confident in the way they handle themselves in court and far more positive about themselves and their role in the great legal profession”.
Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika stressed on the importance of self-discipline and told them to be strong team players playing by the rules.
The training is part of a partnership between LTI, the Victorian Bar and the Australian Government.

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