Near East University Faculty of Law student Gökçe Maraşlı comes first in the “Cross-Examination Competition” held with the support of Cyprus Turkish Bar Association

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Near East University Faculty of Law student Gökçe Maraşlı comes first in the “Cross-Examination Competition” held with the support of Cyprus Turkish Bar Association

Gökçe Maraşlı, a senior student at Near East University Faculty of Law, came first in the “Cross-Examination Competition Among Law Students” held in cooperation with the Cyprus Turkish Bar Association. In the competition, Dokuz Eylul University took the second place and Istanbul University ranked third.

Cross-examination, which means that the witness, after being questioned by the party calling him, also answers the questions of the other party, is of great importance in the trial as it is a part of a fair trial according to the European Court of Human Rights.

Law students from different universities participated in the “Cross-Examination Competition Among Law Students”, organized with the support of the Cyprus Turkish Bar Association, by preparing videos in which they portray the guiding interrogation phase of the crime victim. In the competition held to learn and reinforce cross-query by students, the jury members evaluated the query performances of the students in accordance with the determined rules. In the evaluation, criteria consisting of the following details were taken into consideration; the questions should be short, clear and precise, questions containing answers within the question context should be asked, the answer was listened to after asking the question, no argument with the witness, the witness should not be asked to repeat what the witness said while answering the narrative questions to force the witness to answer only as “yes” or “no” and not allowing the witness to make long explanations, knowing where to stop, keeping the most important issue for the closure in terms of proof, dressing, ability to use body language, ability to use verbal expression and speaking style.

As a result of the points given by the jury consisting of 11 people, Gökçe Maraşlı, a senior student at the Faculty of Law of Near East University, came first.

Gökçe Maraşlı: “I had an important experience…”
Stating that he had the opportunity to learn about the process and implementation of the cross-examination, which has an important place in law, thanks to the competition, Faculty of Law student Gökçe Maraşlı said, “I reinforced what I should pay attention to during the application process considering the historical process of the cross-examination, and its underlying logic.” Stating that cross-examination is not a common method in Turkey but aimed to be put into practice widely, Maraşlı said “I’m delighted to have an opportunity to experience such a practice while I am still a student.” Maraşlı also thanked his teachers who contributed to his training.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yeter Tabur: “Our success as Faculty Of Law is increasing…”
Congratulating Gökçe Maraşlı for receiving the first place in the “Cross-Examination Competition Among Law Students”, Near East University Faculty of Law Acting Dean Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yeter Tabur regarded the achievement as a result of the systematic studies they carried out despite the pandemic process as a faculty.

Saying that as the Faculty of Law they participate in conferences and competitions in order to enable their students to raise awareness of law applications and legal systems carried out in Turkey, Cyprus and in the world, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yeter Tabur reminded that Derya Elveren, one of their students, ranked seventh among the team members both as the defendant and the plaintiff at the ISTAC Future Arbitration Lawyer Competition held in July 2020. Emphasizing that they will continue to make significant achievements in the upcoming competitions and events to be held in the future with the contributions of the team leader Assist. Prof. Dr. Aysun Beydola, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yeter Tabur said, “Our student, Gökçe Maraşlı, was appreciated by the jury members for her self-confidence during the competition, and we were proud of her. I congratulate our students who made our university proud, and wish them continued success.”