Provincial High Schools compete in the Court of Law
SASKATOON - Saturday, April 18th marks the 16th Annual Mock Trial Competition, CBA Saskatchewan’s Provincial High School event. Held in support of Law Day and taking place at the Queen’s Bench Court House in Saskatoon, 5 teams from various centres throughout the province will compete against each other in the court of law. The competition begins at 11:00 am.
The winning team will be presented with the coveted McKercher Cup, sponsored by McKercher LLP, on Saturday evening at the Awards Banquet, hosted at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel. Individual awards will also be presented to top students. The Honourable Gordon Wyant, QC, Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Saskatchewan will be in attendance; along with our guest speaker, The Honourable Gerald Seniuk, a former Chief Judge from the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan.
The Mock Trial Competition is a Canadian Bar Association keynote event formed to celebrate Law Day in Saskatchewan. Students participating in the competition have received coaching from volunteer lawyers in their communities, while members of the Saskatchewan judiciary adjudicate the competition. Students create a trial scenario and stage it by playing the various court officers and witnesses. The mock trial is an educational exercise, as well as a competition. It is an opportunity for the legal profession to promote public awareness of the legal system and an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience about the court process, learn more about the application of the law and gain some awareness about legal practice.
The 8th Annual Run for the Law Fun Run/Walk will also take place on April 18th. Beginning at the Court House at 11:00 am, the annual Fun Run/Walk raises funds for CLASSIC and the University of Saskatchewan Native Law Centre. Registration begins at 10:30 am.
Both of these events are open to the public. The front doors of the newly renovated Court House will be open at 10:00 am to the public.
Journalists are permitted to use television cameras, sound equipment, still cameras or whatever equipment is necessary to cover the competitions. Normally this equipment is prohibited from all court room sessions.
The Canadian Bar Association is dedicated to improving the law and the administration of justice. Some 36,000 lawyers, law teachers and law students from across Canada are members of the Association, with close to 1,150 being members of the Saskatchewan Branch.