Victorian Bar

Trainee lawyers hone skills

This is the 16th consecutive year for the barristers from the Victorian Bar to conduct a Civil and Criminal Advocacy Workshop at the Legal Training Institute (LTI), giving students insights into how to prepare for court and advocate on behalf of their clients.

LTI Director Pauline Mogish said the involvement of the Victorian Bar had been crucial to developing the court skills of a generation of PNG lawyers.

74 students refine courtroom skills

The students worked with 11 members of the Victorian Bar to enhance their criminal litigation and advocacy skills, practising in mock court exercises to make submissions on behalf of clients, lead evidence and cross-examine witnesses.

Clarissa Laimo, a legal trainee from Buin in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, wants to be a criminal lawyer and said her newly strengthened litigation skills will equip her well to follow her dream. The course also made Clarissa appreciate that advocating for a client requires strong persuasive skills.

Law Students Strengthen Skills with Australian Barristers

For the fifteenth consecutive year, the LTI has invited members of the Victorian Bar to travel from Melbourne to Port Moresby to share their skills and experience pro-bono with 96 law students in the week-long civil and criminal advocacy program.