Grenada Broadcasting Network

17th July 2024

  

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Gabrielle Walters, Sherica Hypolite, Jada Glean, and Fidel Stewart,  Law students from the T. A Marryshow Community College are participating in the third annual Fortis Advocatus Moot Court Competition in Antigua.

The Students, accompanied by coach and tournament liaisons Jasmin Redhead and Attorney at law Sheriece Noel, left Grenada on Thursday for the semifinal round of the competition, which is carded for Friday.

The Moot Court Competition is a simulation of court proceedings in the form of a hypothetical mock trial.

Twelve Antiguan students from the Antigua State Collage and the St Anthony’s Secondary School, along with six Grenadian students initially registered their participation in the competition.

The aim of the initiative is to educate and train law students on the inner workings of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and allow for the development of research, writing, and advocacy skills.

The 18 students were paired in teams of two where they prepared written memorials in February on a given fact pattern to vie for a spot in the semi-final round.

After the qualifying round, four of the nine teams — two from Grenada and two from Antigua and Barbuda — advanced to the semi-finals, where they will display their oral advocacy skills representing the Prosecution and Defence respectively, at the High Court of Antigua and Barbuda before a panel of esteemed judges.

Preparation for the competition spans from September to April each year.

The teams will not only be competing for the title, but also for prestigious internships and cash prizes.

Apart from the 1st and 2nd place awardees,  prizes will be awarded to best advocate, best-written memorial, and best academic institution.

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