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MOOT COURT -
BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT

In pursuit of justice

  • Event Type : Teams [3 members]

  • Who can participate : Grades 9-12

  • Maximum number of teams in the event  : 6 teams

  • Maximum number of team per school : team

  • Number of rounds: 2

Guidelines:

      ROUND 1:

  • In a room(court), one team will be given the defendant’s side, and the other will be given the plaintiff’s side.

  • Allocations of the cases and portfolios would be done 1 day prior to the event. As all cases are fictitious, we will be providing evidence pertaining to the case to both sides.

  • Each team has 3 people each playing a role of either lead lawyer, associate lawyer and defendant/plaintiff. 

  • In the first round, each side will have 5 minutes for their opening statements, with judges questioning the sides if necessary.

  • After the opening round, is the rebuttal round. The plaintiff and the defendant are called onto the stand to give statements followed by cross-examination from both sides.

  • After this, witnesses are presented to the court, with each witness having 5 minutes of questioning each from both sides. Judges are also allowed to ask witnesses questions pertaining to the case. The witnesses will be student volunteers from the host school

  • Once this round concludes when the list of witnesses elapses, each side is given 4 minutes for their closing statements

  • Based on the marking scheme, the top 2 teams out of the 6 will proceed to the finals

    ROUND 2:

  • The final round will be between the top 2 teams out of the 6. The topic for the finals would be given to them on the spot and the teams are given 45 minutes to research and plan their course of action, to check their judicial and general knowledge as well as their pace of research. The final court hearing will have no change in procedure.

NOTE: ALL COURT CASES ARE FICTITIOUS. TEAMS AREN’T ALLOWED TO MAKE UP NEW EVIDENCE AND SHOULD STICK TO THE FACTS OF THE CASE PROVIDED TO THEM.

NOTE: UNPARLIAMENTARY LANGUAGE IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

Dress code: School uniform with ID card; blazer on top is allowed.

Judging Criteria

  • Teamwork

  • Organisation and Accuracy of facts

  • Confidence and Presentation

  • Legal knowledge and arguments

  • Answering ability

  • Professionalism and court demeanour

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