The curious case of Mr Rabbitt, who crashed into a parked
car, was debated at the inaugural Dunedin high school mooting
competition on Saturday.
Possible future trial lawyers from Dunedin secondary schools
tested their legal minds in mock trials as part of the event.
Competing in the final were identical twins Ella and Holly
Barclay (17), from Columba College, and Bayfield High School
pupils Grace Cook (16) and Wallace Pu (17).
The mock trial centred on the ''finely balanced'' case of Mr
Rabbitt, who crashed into a parked car in Castle St, Dunedin,
At question was whether Mr Rabbitt's car stalling as a result
of the accident constituted his stopping to check if someone
was injured, as required by law.
Grace Cook argued Mr Rabbitt's intentions did not matter and
the fact he checked his rear-vision mirror while stalled
meant he did not break that particular law.
Bayfield High School ended up coming away victorious and
Wallace Pu won the award for best speaker.
Organiser Elisabeth Larsen, a third-year law and politics
student, said the event was about getting secondary school
pupils interested in taking up law.
She was blown away by how well the pupils performed,
considering they only had one day of training, at a ''moot
camp'' held the previous Saturday.
The Barclay twins said they had both planned to study health
science, but after their mooting experience were now thinking
about law as an option.