Junior
Moot
Competition
 Rules


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Junior
Moot
Competition
Rules
Competition
Format
• The
competition
adopts
an
elimination
format
with
the
number
of
competitors
being
approximately
halved
at
each
stage
until
four
competitors
are
left
for
the
final
round.
• The
Master
of
the
Moot
may
choose
to
designate
the
first
moot
of
the
competition
as
a
mini‐
moot
or
non‐elimination
round.
Judging
Criteria
• Participants
will
be
scored
on
four
criteria:
Presentation
and
clarity
of
argument
expression
on
skeleton
argument
easy
to
follow,
logical
and
coherent
structure
which
fully
addresses
the
issues
in
the
moot
problem
verbal
expression
Use
of
authorities
authorities
appropriate
to
the
moot
problem
and
particular
submission
wide
range
of
authorities
awareness
of
weight,
persuasiveness
and
dissent
most
relevant
and
up
to
date
case
law
awareness
of
facts
and
judicial
reasoning
appropriate
bundling,
tabbing
and
highlighting
Dealing
with
judicial
intervention
ability
to
deal
with
questions
in
an
effective
manner
ability
to
present
submissions
in
a
different
order
Courtroom
manner
appropriate
deference
paid
to
the
judge
referring
to
the
judge
and
other
counsel
in
the
correct
manner
use
of
appropriate
court
language
and
phrases
(‘I
submit’,
‘Much
obliged’)
appropriate
dress
(dark
suit)
• All
four
criteria
shall
have
equal
weight.
• The
judge
has
the
ultimate
discretion
and
their
decision
is
final.
Skeleton
Arguments
• Skeleton
arguments
must
contain
a
brief
outline
of
the
submissions
you
intend
to
lay
before
the
court
together
with
the
authorities
(both
case
law
and
statute)
you
will
be
citing
to
enforce
your
submissions.
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UCL
Law
Society
Senior
Moot
Competition
Rules
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Authorities
should
be
cited
in
full
both
on
your
skeleton
argument
and
on
the
first
mention
during
your
moot
speech.
Academic
writing
does
not
constitute
an
authority
but
may
be
cited
on
your
skeleton
argument
as
‘Interpretation’
Skeleton
arguments
should
not
be
longer
than
two
sides
of
A4,
nor
feature
more
than
four
submissions.
There
is
no
requirement
to
cite
all
of
the
authorities
or
interpretations
on
your
skeleton
argument
but
you
may
not
cite
anything
which
does
not
appear
on
your
skeleton
argument.
A
copy
of
every
authority
and
interpretation
appearing
on
your
skeleton
must
be
brought
to
the
moot
for
the
judge.
These
may
be
tabbed,
highlighted
and
bound
as
you
wish
keeping
in
mind
that
judges
attach
great
importance
to
bundling.
Participants
should
put
their
name
and
position
at
the
top
of
their
skeleton
argument.
Skeleton
arguments
must
be
submitted
by
1pm
on
the
day
preceding
your
moot
as
they
will
be
e‐mailed
to
your
judge
at
this
time.
Should
you
fail
to
submit
a
skeleton
argument
by
the
deadline
you
must
provide
a
letter
to
your
judge
explaining
why
this
deadline
was
not
met
and
this
will
be
considered
in
scoring
the
moot.
Oral
Submissions
• All
participants
are
allowed
15
minutes
in
which
to
lay
their
submissions.
• This
time
limit
is
inclusive
of
time
taken
up
with
judicial
intervention.
• Speaking
time
may
be
exceeded
at
the
discretion
of
the
judge,
particularly
where
complex
questions
have
been
asked
of
counsel,
and
this
may
or
may
not
be
taken
into
account
in
scoring
the
moot.
• Senior
Counsel
for
the
Appellant
shall
speak
first
and
Junior
Counsel
for
the
Respondent
last
but
the
judge
has
discretion
as
to
the
second
and
third
speaker.
• Senior
Counsel
for
the
Appellant
shall
have
5
minutes
(at
the
judges’
discretion)
in
which
to
reply
to
the
submissions
of
the
Senior
Counsel
for
the
Respondent
at
the
end
of
the
moot.
• Participants
should
open
and
close
their
submissions
appropriately
and
refer
to
the
judge
and
to
other
counsel
in
the
appropriate
manner
throughout.
• Participants
should
dress
appropriately
(dark
suit)
and
should
pay
attention
to
the
correct
layout
of
a
courtroom
when
sitting
before
the
judge.
Clerks
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Law
Society
Senior
Moot
Competition
Rules
•
Senior
Counsel
for
the
Appellant
should
appoint
a
reliable
clerk
to
time‐keep
and
assist
the
judge
with
authority
bundles.
•
The
absence
of
a
clerk
may,
at
the
judges’
discretion,
be
taken
into
consideration
when
scoring
the
moot.
The
clerk
should
notify
counsel
in
a
clear
manner
at
10
minutes
remaining,
5
minutes
remaining,
2
minutes
remaining
and
time
during
normal
submissions,
and
at
2
minutes
and
time
during
reply
time.
•
Feedback
• Where
possible
the
judge
will
announce
the
participants
proceeding
to
the
next
round
immediately
after
the
end
of
the
moot,
having
taken
as
much
time
as
is
needed
to
consider.
• Where
this
is
not
possible
the
Master
of
the
Moot
will
inform
the
participants.
• In
moots
of
only
three
participants
the
judge
may
choose
whether
to
promote
only
one
or
two
competitors
to
the
next
round.
• The
judge
may,
at
their
discretion,
declare
that
only
one
or
exceptionally
no
competitors
in
a
moot
should
be
entered
for
the
next
round.
• Judges
may
also
recommend
that
the
third
and
fourth
placed
competitors
proceed
to
the
next
round,
space
permitting.
• Time
permitting
the
judge
may
choose
to
provide
feedback
to
counsel,
whether
individually
or
generally.
• The
judge
may
also
choose
to
rule
on
the
points
of
law.
Dimitrios
Contraros
Junior
Moots
Officer
UCL
Law
Society
[email protected]
07963526948
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