Tuesday 16 January 2018

Mock trial touches a nerve

A high-flying Irish bank collapses with devastating losses to US shareholders and depositors. Its enigmatic chairman faces extradition to the land of the free to answer for his crimes amid allegations of serious fraud and self-dealing at the rogue lender.

The US authorities move with rapid speed as the epic legal battle -- the Irish criminal justice system is the true accused -- begins.

Relax folks, its only let's pretend.

Tomorrow, Jan Handzlik, the celebrated American white-collar litigator, goes head-to-head with advocates from Ireland and England in a mock corruption trial to be held at the Four Courts.

The mock trial is part of the International Bar Association's week-long conference in the capital.

The mock trial, presided over by Supreme Court judge Adrian Hardiman and his High Court colleagues, Judges Michael Peart and Kevin Feeney, is intended to showcase the best of Irish and British advocacy.

But the organisers have raised more than a few eyebrows with their fictional scenario. The mock trial is open to members of the public.

Irish Independent

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