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                           Mooting August 5 2009


   MOOTING


Finals – Saturday, 25 July
Having been victorious in the Darling Downs region, the Ipswich Grammar Moot team travelled down to the Gold
Coast to contest in the finals of the Bond University High Schools’ Mooting Competition. Twelve Australian schools
and two overseas schools had progressed to the final round in what promised to be a very high calibre of moots.

Ipswich Grammar was scheduled to moot against Smith’s Hill SHS at the rather strenuous time of 8 a.m. on a
Saturday morning. The IGS Moot Team consisted of: Travis Gooding – Senior Counsel; Andrew Herzig – Junior
Counsel and Michael Esteban – Solicitor.

The Grand Final moot problem was focused on the legal doctrines of mistake of fact and mistake of law. In the
hypothetical case given, Robert Parsons, the Appellant, was informed that his son was on life support. He arrived
at Brisbane Airport, hired a car and then drove to the hospital. At the hospital, Constable Michael Mullins, the Re-
spondent, questioned if the car Parsons had been driving was stolen. Unintentionally, Parsons had taken the wrong
car from the

hire company. Parsons shrugged aside the police officer and proceeded into the hospital, his mind solely focused on
his son who was in intensive care.

The issue of the case can be summarised by the question – Did Parsons have a reasonable excuse for contravening
the direction of a police officer?

IGS acted for the Respondent, Constable Mullins. Our team performed very well on the day producing a very strong
case, showcasing our advocacy skills and courtroom etiquette when questioned vigorously from the bench. Full
credit must be given to Smith’s Hill SHS, our opponents, who were successful in reaching the Grand Final but were
defeated by a very well drilled Malaysian school.

The most memorable moment of the weekend, for possibly the wrong reasons, was when two-thirds of our mooting
team managed to find themselves stuck in the hotel lift. They were finally rescued, 30 minutes later.

As with all sports and activities, Ipswich Grammar Mooting would not be possible without the wide variety of sup-
port we have received. Most notably, our parents who travelled and accompanied us for the weekend down at the
Coast, IGS Old Boy, Bradley Gooding who was keen to share and help us with his legal knowledge and most nota-
bly, the MIC of Mooting, Mrs Moss.

Mrs Moss has given up her holidays, afternoons and even endured a full weekend away with a group of teenagers to
assist the IGS mooting team. Her work is definitely not undervalued and we are all very thankful for the opportunity
                                                    IGS Sports & Activities
    AFL - Basketball - Chess - Cricket - Cross Country - Debating - Duke of Edinburg - Human Powered Vehicle - Music - Robo-Cup - Rugby Union
             Rugby League - Scuba Diving - Swimming - Soccer - Tennis - Tournament of Minds - Track and Field - Volleyball - Waterpolo




she has given us. In Travis’, Andrew’s and my case, Mooting at IGS has further strengthened our passion to
continue law at a tertiary level.

M Esteban (12B)
Solicitor

				
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