Rotary Adopt A School (Updates on 25/4/2014)
A. Tai Po Mock Court – Anti-Drug Operation will be held on 26 April (Saturday) at the High Court Building at 38 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
It has been a collaborative project between Rotary Adopt A School and Junior Police Call for a number of years.
Drug Fighting Elite Scheme inclusive of:
- Legal System Workshop
- Arresting Trafficker Operation
a) Two different dangerous drug case
b) Stop and search
c) Highlight the harmful effects of drugs and the consequence of committing dangerous drug related offences
- Visit to Police Station
- Mock Court Trial
- Visit to Correctional Service Department facilities
Four Non-RAAS Participating Schools are:
Carmel Holy Word Secondary School
Hong Kong Taoist Association The Yuen Yuen Institute No.2 Secondary School
Fanling Rhenish Church Secondary School
St. Francis of Assisi’s College
B. Mock Court 2014 – Feedback from 5 students (3)
Reflections on RAAS Mock Court 2014:
What I learnt and what I enjoyed most
Ng Tsz Wing(Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School)
After I joined the Mock Court Programme, I have learnt the skill of persuasion. Although I was just an observer, I have learnt a lot through observing the simulating lawsuit. For instance, I have learnt the importance of confidence. Being confident is the first step to persuade others. It’s only when I believe in myself that others will put their trust in me.
Moreover, the pace of speaking is crucial. ‘Not too fast, not too slow’, as what the judge said. If I speak too fast, people may miss what I have said and may not have enough time to think about it. If I speak too slowly, people may forget what I have said before. A moderate speed would be favourable when speaking.
Huang Ching Ping(Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School)
It was my great honor to join the mock court activity. After visiting the court, I have learned more about the legal practice, for example, I got to learn more about how criminal and civil cases are handled in Hong Kong and how the magistrates or judges decide whether someone is guilty. Also, I noticed that the magistrates or lawyers need to be experts in the field and have excellent communication and organization skills. Therefore, being a judge, a magistrate, a barrister or a lawyer is not an easy task.
Court is the place where we find justice and wisdom. I surely love this place and I hope I can be a legal expert working there one day. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer.” I am a dreamer who will devote my heart and soul to become what I want to be.
Lo Chor Kwan(Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School)
Joining the Mock Court programme has given me a great and memorable experience. As a legal team member, I played the role of witness. Through the help from the lawyers and cooperation among team members, I’ve learnt a lot more about languages and rules of the court. For example, I have learnt that people need to bow once they enter the court. I have also learnt how to file a lawsuit and some miscellaneous things, like the seating arrangement in the High Court.
Meanwhile, I am glad that our team won the lawsuit. That’s the best return for our team’s hard work. All in all, I enjoyed the Mock Court programme because it has definitely broadened my horizons and extended my reach to a different field.
Yau Man Ho(Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School)
Last Saturday, we went to the High Court to join the Mock Court programme. During the programme, we engaged in a lawsuit concerning the Protection of Consumers’ Right and the Dutiable Commodities. Before we attended the competition, our school had invited two barristers to help. During the workshop, I found that a lawyer’s work could be so busy on weekdays. When I heard that I could be one of the mooters for a case, I felt very surprised and I enjoyed the programme very much. In the first case, I was on the defendant’s side. My job required me to think hard on how I can better protect the defendant’s interests.
After the judge delivered his judgment at the end of the trial, I found myself to be more confident and that possessing good communication skills could be the best weapon to compete with others in such a competitive society.
Tsang Chi Lun(Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School)
Mock Court is an unforgettable activity. This was a valuable day in my secondary school life as it was my first time going to the High Court. Without the Mock Trial, I couldn’t think of another reason to enter the place. During the competition, I was assigned to make final submissions. I feel regretful that my speech was not smooth enough. If I could have one more chance to do it again, I would do it much better. This activity lets me know more about the court and trials. I must address my hearty thanks to the Rotarians who provided an arena for secondary students to learn. Thank you!