Accomplished performances in memorial moot
14 May 2021
A near capacity crowd filled Historic Courtroom 1 at the Auckland High Court on Monday evening, to watch two teams compete in the finals of the John Haigh QC Memorial Moot.
Hayden Noyce and Aria Zhang were counsel for the appellants, with Tristan Hutchinson and Alex Posa, counsel for the respondents, in an appeal against a conviction for murder.
Following skillful performances by all four University of Auckland students, the judges, Justice Jagose, Claire Paterson, and Mark Williams announced Tristan Hutchinson and Alex Posa joint winners of this year’s John Haigh QC Memorial Moot. They receive a trophy and $1,000 each and the runners up, Hayden Noyce and Aria Zhang receive $250 each.
John Haigh was a long-standing hero of mine. To be here now, effectively sitting in his honour, is a great privilege.
“John Haigh was a long-standing hero of mine,” said Justice Jagose. To be here now, effectively sitting in his honour, is a great privilege.”
“It’s also a privilege to hear advocates as accomplished as you finalists’ are,” he said. “It’s no small thing to stand up in front of us and deal with questions while maintaining your argument.”
For fourth year LLB/BCom student Alex Posa, it was his first mooting competition, one he says lived up to his expectations.
“The quality of the competition was fierce, and Tristan and I were delighted to come away with the win. It was a rewarding opportunity to develop oral advocacy and receive constructive feedback along the way. It was heartening - albeit nerve-wracking - to see so many friends and family in the audience at the final. I would like to thank the University of Auckland Mooting Society for organising the competition, Associate Professors Scott Optican and Carrie Leonetti for volunteering their time, and all the judges who kept Tristan and me on our toes with challenging questions. I would particularly like to thank the friends and family of John Haigh QC for funding the event - it was an honour to participate,” he said.
This year’s moot problem, written by Associate Professor Carrie Leonetti, concerned the elements of foreseeability and causation in respect of unlawful-object murder. This reflects the late John Haigh QC’s interest in criminal law, one of the areas he practised in.
The John Haigh QC Memorial Moot is held annually and open to all Auckland Law School students in their third-year and above. The competition is endowed by a memorial fund established by the class of 1970, of which John was a member.
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