Limerick TY students in the dock at inaugural Treaty Mock Trial

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Limerick TY students in the dock at inaugural Treaty Mock Trial

Gerry McCague of the Court Service, Catherine Mc Loone and Judge Tom O’Donnell pictured with students at the Mock Trial Picture: Michael Cowhey

TRANSITION year students impressed Judge Tom O’Donnell as they acted as barristers, solicitors, witnesses, and jury members at the first TY Student Trial held at the new courthouse.

The inaugural Transition Year Law mock trial, hosted by TY Ireland Law Modules saw students compete for the Treaty Mock Trial Cup at the courthouse on Mulgrave Street. 

“The students receive so much from the day, an insight into the court system first hand, seeing the inside of a courtroom, meeting the judge,” said TY Law Ireland coordinator Catherine Mc Loone BL. 

“They also met with the court services manager Gerry McCague, who assisted with facilitating this event.” 

Judge Tom O’Donnell, who presided over this trial during the court’s vacation, presided over the trial which saw students acting as legal professionals, the court registrar, jury members and foreperson of the jury. 

Students also acted as the court’s sketch artist, a court reporter, a state pathologist, ballistic expert and an alibi witness. 

Well known local artist Frank Bouchier presided over the courtroom sketch artist segment of the competition. He presented his fantastic sketch from the event to Judge O’Donnell at the end of the trial.