Monday, June 23, 2008


Maktab Nasional wins Law Mock Trial Contest


Maktab Nasional emerged champion in the second Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Law Mock Trial Competition after they defeated Sekolah Menengah Yu Yuan of Sandakan at the High Court here on Saturday. During the mock trial presided over by Sessions Court Judge Ravinthran Paramaguru, teams from each school pitted against each other in a battle of wits and legal manoeuvres to simulate a real courtroom scenario. The competition was jointly organised by the Sabah QUT Alumni, Sabah Law Association (SLA) and International Education Consultancy (IEC). It was sponsored by the Faculty of Law at QUT. Eight secondary schools in Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan participated in the competition which commenced in April this year. They were SM All Saints, SM La Salle, SM Lok Yuk, KK High School, SM Tshung Tsin, Maktab Nasional, SM Sung Siew and SM Yu Yuan. Maktab Nasional was represented by Kimberley Lo and Karen Lui who acted as first and second barristers respectively, Jeremy Tan as solicitor, Kohinoor Kaur and Leland Chong as first and second witnesses respectively, and Natasha Sim as Magistrate’s Assistant. The team was led by teacher cum advisor Alexander Funk and legal coaches Brendon Soh and Grace Chaw. Maktab Nasional received a cash prize of RM3,000 and a championship trophy, while SM Yu Yuan and SM Lok Yuk received RM2,000 and RM1 ,000 for finishing second and third respectively.