COURT’S IN SESSION: Front from left, Xavier Catholic College students Annabelle McIntosh-Smith, Ellie Carmont and Hannah Husband and rear from left, competition judges Dr Jennifer Nielsen Head of School of Law and Justice at SCU and Bill Grace president of the Far North Coast Law Society.
COURT’S IN SESSION: Front from left, Xavier Catholic College students Annabelle McIntosh-Smith, Ellie Carmont and Hannah Husband and rear from left, competition judges Dr Jennifer Nielsen Head of School of Law and Justice at SCU and Bill Grace president of the Far North Coast Law Society. David Nielsen

Students enjoy legal challenge

FOR budding barristers from Ballina, the greatest stress experienced in yesterday’s Honourable John Dowd High School Legal Challenge, was endured not in preparing their case, but facing the steely gaze of the judge himself.

“He was scary, intimidating,” said Isabell Howard-Shaw from St Francis Xavier high school of the former supreme court judge Mr Dowd. “He was very unforgiving!”

All the girls from the Ballina high school, which narrowly lost to Coffs Harbour Christian Community School in the tight final at Southern Cross University, said they enjoyed the experience.

But Ellie Carmont – whose father and grandfather are professional solicitors – took it with a grain of salt.

“You make mistakes and you laugh about it afterwards,” she said.

In the end, the honourable judge described his charges as inspirational.

“I’ve seen many a counsel over the years that haven’t stood up to the standard I saw today,” said the High Court veteran.



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