Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association Moot

From left to right: Bella Rollinson and Hannah Swedlund (winners), Kate Davenport QC, Justice Anne Hinton, Dr Anna Hood, Sherry Zhang and Bronwyn Wilde (runners up)

The final of the Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association Moot was held on 3 October 2019 at the High Court, with the prizegiving hosted by Shortland Chambers later that evening.  

The third year of the AWLA Moot was very successful.  Sixteen teams from the University of Auckland and AUT University took party, grappling with a moot problem raising issues of how far is too far when it comes to lawyers publicly criticising judges. The feedback from the participants has been fantastic, with the students gaining valuable experience.  

The final was held at the High Court before a panel of Justice Hinton, Kate Davenport QC and Dr Anna Hood.  The panel of judges announced the result afterwards at Shortland Chambers, with the majority (Justice Hinton and Dr Anna Hood) allowing the appeal in what all considered to be a very close result.  Despite the weather, there was fantastic turnout of judges, AWLA committee members, participants and spectators for the prizegiving.  

The moot was well-received, with the problem even gaining national news coverage.

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