Espanola High School Grade 12 law students and their counterparts from eight other local secondary schools will take part in the Sudbury Regional Mock Trial Competition at the Sudbury Courthouse.

In this year’s case, an individual is charged with assault causing injuries that resulted in the death of another person, contrary to s. 236 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The Mock Trial Competition will begin this morning at 8:20 am in Courtroom A, with an opening address by The Justice Karen L. Lische from the Ontario Court of Justice and Justice Robbie D. Gordon from the Superior Court of Justice.
There will be three preliminary trials throughout the morning with the championship trial beginning at 1:30pm.
The Awards Ceremony will begin at 3:15 pm.
The public is welcome to attend and photographs will be permitted.

Close to 95 students from Rainbow District School Board and the Sudbury Catholic District School Board are participating.


The Hennessy Cup is part of the OJEN/OBA Competitive Mock Trials, a provincial program of the Ontario Bar Association and the Ontario Justice Education Network. The OBA and OJEN support mock trial competitions like the Hennessy Cup throughout the province. The teams competing in Sudbury use the same case scenario and format as about 100 teams throughout Ontario.


The tournament is made possible with support from the Sudbury and District Law Association and local judges. This year, 20 lawyers and articling students from the Greater Sudbury area volunteered their time to assist and coach students as they prepared their cases. The local office of the Ministry of the Attorney General is also a strong supporter and accommodates the competition in the courthouse.  To the extent possible, the students enjoy an authentic learning experience presenting their cases in actual courtrooms assisted by experienced court staff.


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Members of Lockerby Composite School’s 2017 Mock Trial team celebrate their victory with the Hennessy Cup. From left, Emilee Giguere, Ava Toppazzini, Katherine Caddel, Rudi Smith, Brandon Martel, Tyler Lett, Madame Justice Patricia C. Hennessy, Nick Cacciotti, Selena Lefebvre, and Michael Macnamara of Conroy, Scott LLP. Photo by RDSB