The competition also helps students to grow many of their learning dispositions and skills, such as listening, speaking, writing, reading and analysing. Students must engage with the competition as legal professionals, following all court protocols and spending considerable time in preparation for each round. The goal of the program ultimately is to learn and understand the meaning of good citizenship through participation in our system of law and justice. Each trial is presided over by a Magistrate (a solicitor) who awards marks to each team based on a range of criteria, such as opening addresses, closing submissions and cross examinations. The team with the highest mark wins the trial.
The duration for each round in a Mock Trial is for approximately four weeks. With each new script, the students are introduced to a new criminal/civil case, a new area of the law and new challenges to win the next case.