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Top legal brains judge law students’ hypothetical case

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Bermudian law students argued a hypothetical case in front of some of the Island’s top legal brains during an event in memory of late Puisne Judge Hector Barcilon.

The students took part in the moot in Supreme Court Three which was packed with their family and friends, judges and other members of the legal community on July 22.

The judges were Chief Justice Richard Ground, Director of Public Prosecutions Rory Field, and president of the Bar Association Delroy Duncan.

The hypothetical question was set by Jerome Lynch QC, a British defence lawyer who sometimes acts in high-profile cases in Bermuda. It centred on a fictional event; an appeal of the conviction of a Jamaican man for murdering a well-known member of the Parkside gang.

The students were split into teams, with one side arguing for the appeal, and the other side arguing against it. They had to consider issues such as provocation, self-defence and the effects of drugs and alcohol on the accused.

The winning team was the one arguing for the appeal, and was comprised of Terry-Lynn Griffiths, Cristen Simmons, Winfield Kevin Simpson and Keivon Simons.

Lawyer Jeffrey Elkinson, who organised the event, explained: “It’s a team made up of those who speak and those who research. Their parents and friends come along to watch and they have the opportunity to impress people who might be their employers.”

The other team comprised of Samantha Saunders, Husayn Symonds, Arion Mapp and Jordan Knight.

Supplied picture: Left to right - Director of Public Prosecutions Rory Field, Chief Justice Richard Ground and winning team Terry-Lynn Griffiths, Cristen Simmons, Keivon Simons and President of the Bar Association Delroy Duncan. Missing from picture is Winfield Kevin Simpson of the winning team.
Supplied picture: Left to right - Director of Public Prosecutions Rory Field, Chief Justice Richard Ground and winning team Terry-Lynn Griffiths, Cristen Simmons, Keivon Simons and President of the Bar Association Delroy Duncan. Missing from picture is Winfield Kevin Simpson of the winning team.

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Published August 12, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 12, 2011 at 9:28 am)

Top legal brains judge law students’ hypothetical case

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