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MAC's Legal Team Wins City Finals

MAC's Legal Team Wins City Finals

Friday, May 26, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Students from Sir John A. Macdonald competed in the Ontario Justice Education Network’s annual mock trial competition at the Superior Court of Justice in downtown Toronto.  Students worked tirelessly over 7 weeks with their teacher coach and lawyer coaches to prepare both the defence and prosecution cases for a trial involving assault with a vehicle causing bodily harm.  Students had the opportunity to put into practice what they had been learning in the classroom.  They prepared opening and closing statements, learned how to enter evidence and impeach witnesses, as well as how to effectively develop their theory on the case. 

As this was the first time Sir John A. Macdonald CI students had entered this competition, they were unsure of what to expect.  However, they did know that the competition would be fierce and included some of the top public and private schools in the city.  The students had two trials, one in which they played the defence and the other in which they played prosecution.  They were successful in both trials, not only did they secure a conviction on one charge while playing prosecution and a full acquittal of all charges while playing the defence, they scored higher in all categories than their opponents.  At the end of the evening, the top two highest scoring teams advanced to the semi-finals.  Sir John A. Macdonald had an amazing night and placed third … or so they thought.

After reviewing the scores later that evening and after announcing the winners, an error on Sir John A. Macdonald’s score sheet was discovered.  In an unlikely twist of events, this scoring error actually meant that Sir John A. Macdonald would advance and secured first place.  An amazing feat, as this was a first-year team and the only TDSB school to advance from both brackets.   The tournament had to be restructured as a result of their advancing to the semi-finals which included 6 school teams.

The semi-finals took place at the Superior Court.  When their lawyer coach heard the great news, she invited the students to her office at the Superior Court to practice and prepare for the big evening.  She provided some last minute feedback and the team made some changes to strengthen their arguments.  That evening they played the defence in the case against Branksome Hall and won.

This meant they moved onto the finals which were recently held in May where they faced Upper Canada College and went on to win the City Championship.  

The MAC legal team beat out 23 schools across the city to claim the top spot in the city and making the school community very proud for a job well done.

 
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