A mock trial, a fictitious court case, is a common way for i.e. law students to compete or train for actual dispute resolution in court.
On November 15th, YoungShip Bergen and Wikborg Rein invited our members to test their skills as lawyers in a mock trial with a maritime theme.
First, associate Jens Drageset and senior associate Jonas Nikolaisen gave an introduction to how legal disputes are solved in practice, and how court proceedings actually take place.
After learning the basics, the attending YoungShippers were challenged to test their newly acquired skills. The attendees were presented with a fictional shipbuilding dispute, and were assigned roles such as judges, witnesses, parties and lawyers. Once roles had been assigned, the participants quickly became comfortable with their assignments, and before long entered into intense cross-examination of witnesses and interesting legal reasoning.
A panel of three judges heard the lawyers' closing arguments before making their verdict.
We hope you all had as much fun as we did!