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Moot Court

Helping law students to refine their practice, gain confidence and understand more about legal proceedings.
Students participating in a USQ Moot Court session

USQ’s Wonderley & Hall Moot Court on the Toowoomba campus is a simulated modern court room, with bench, bar table, witness stand and associate’s consul. It is fully networked with ample video conferencing facilities to allow remote appearances. The Moot Court also sits up to another 30 people as audience.

The USQ Ipswich Moot Court is a purpose-built modern court room with full audio-visual capacity to allow for remote appearances of counsel or judges. It can therefore be used by on-campus and online students alike. The Moot Court was opened on 16 February 2021 by The Honourable Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of Australia, following the relocation of the School of Law and Justice to the Ipswich campus. It is located in S Block, a heritage building of the former Challinor Centre.

The Ipswich campus is also home to heritage courtroom furniture that is displayed in the campus Library. This furniture was used in the Rosewood Court House (in the Lockyer Valley) in the early twentieth century. After this Court was closed, the Supreme Court and the Ipswich District Law Association maintained the furniture, until it was donated to the University in 2015. It includes the magistrates' bench, the dock and a witness stand.

Home to the annual USQ Secondary Schools Moot Competition, local high school students are given the opportunity to broaden their law knowledge by experiencing a law court environment - either at the Toowoomba or Ipswich Moot Courts.