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Mooting Workshop. 1 st years: Sheena Mahil 2 nd & 3 rd years: Amber Lewis External: Neda Khaliq. Keele Bar Society. Mooting!. Simplest way to describe it. The simplest way of describing mooting is that it is a 'mock appeal trial’.

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Mooting workshop

MootingWorkshop


1 st years sheena mahil 2 nd 3 rd years amber lewis external neda khaliq

1st years: Sheena Mahil2nd & 3rd years: Amber LewisExternal: NedaKhaliq



Simplest way to describe it
Simplest way to describe it

  • The simplest way of describing mooting is that it is a 'mock appeal trial’.

  • That involves two teams of two students who appear for opposite sides of the argument.

  • Facts of the legal case will be given in advance with time to research and prepare allowed so a legal argument can be constructed. (Usually 2-3 weeks)

  • Students will then present their argument before a judge (normally a member of staff) and will be judged on the quality of their response.


Appellant or respondent the two sides
Appellant or RespondentThe two sides

  • Appellant – You will be appealing against a decision/point that has already been made. (The points i.e. Grounds of appeal, will be on the problem page).

  • Respondent – You will be trying to ensure the decision is not overturned.

  • The moot winner is determined by the law and the quality of the moot. So you could lose on the law but still win the moot!


Lead and junior
Lead and Junior

  • Each pair when they moot will have a lead and a junior. (This is decided by the pair themselves)

  • Each will have different points that they will bring to the table.

  • The Lead will speak for 10 minutes

  • The Junior will speak for 8 minutes

  • The Lead appellant (only) will then be given a right of reply for 5 minutes.

  • ALWAYS STAND WHEN TALKING


Introducing yourself lead appellant
Introducing Yourself – LEAD APPELLANT

  • The lead appellant opens the moot, it is their job to introduce themselves, their junior and the respondents.

  • If it pleases your lordship (ladyship), I am . . . . . and I appear for Mr Harper, as appellant in this action. My learned junior is. . . . . . My learned friends for the respondent are . . . . . and. . . . . . , who appear for the respondent Mr Palmer. Would your lordship appreciate a brief summary of the facts of the case before the court today?


Introducing yourself
INTRODUCING YOURSELF

  • May it please your lordship, I am . . . . . . .and I continue the case for the appellant/respondent. JUNIORS

  • My lord, as my learned friend has already indicated, I am . . . . . . and I appear for the respondent Mr Palmer. My learned junior is . . . . . If it pleases your lordship, I will commence the case for the respondent.

  • This may seem daunting – but remember it can go on a cue card, and once mooting has begun it becomes almost second nature.


Skeletons
Skeletons

  • A skeleton is a brief outline of your main argument. This is done in sections i.e. Lead/Junior. You must cite your authorities (cases/statutes etc.) at the end.

  • Do not use more than 4-6 authorities for your case. You want to make your case clear and concise.

  • You may not use cases that you haven’t cited in your skeleton. Although you may reference to your opponents - so it is key to read your opponents skeleton before mooting in preparation for counter argument.

  • This is normally exchanged between yourself and your opponents 48 hours before the moot.

  • At the end we will show you an example of a Skeleton.


Bundle
Bundle

  • Simply a collection of cases and authorities that you will be relying on.

  • For internal competition the head note of the case and the part you will be quoting from will suffice.

  • You will need to direct the judge to the correct page in your bundle when you mention a new case. Page numbers/dividers are useful as is highlighting the quotation.

  • There are example bundles at the front.


Cases
CASES

  • When selecting a case for your argument, check it hasn’t been overruled or cited as bad law.

  • When introducing cases, you should give the name in full; that is the “v” is read as “and”, “R” is “The Crown” and the citation read out in words.

  • Therefore, Pepper v Hart [1993] 3 WLR 1032 would be “The case of Pepper and Hart, found in the third volume of the Weekly Law Reports for 1993 at page 1032.

  • (You pick up marks for presentation and speech by using the correct terminology).


Speech
Speech

  • You have to know your argument – but it does not have to be verbatim, cue cards are acceptable. (or even speeches providing you make eye contact with the judge)

  • Also cue cards are useful as sometimes during a moot the judge may question you on a point. DONT PANIC WHEN THIS HAPPENS.

  • If you need time say!

  • And you can confer with your partner!

  • ANSWER THE Q WHEN ASKED EVEN IF YOU ARE GOING TO COVER IT LATER.

  • IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER DON’T MAKE IT UP!!


Dress code smart

DRESS CODE=Smart!

Jeans

Trainers

T-Shirts

Hoodies

‘Bling’

Hats or caps

Suits

Smart Shoes

Shirt and Tie

Blazers

Blouses

Smart trousers/skirts


Useful sources
Useful Sources

  • Westlaw

  • Lexis NexisButterworths

  • Law Library

  • DO NOT CITE YOUR LEGAL TEXTBOOKS or LECTURE NOTES.


What to do
What to do

  • You will receive your problem via email READ IT!

  • Make sure you know what side you are arguing and pick out the main points of your argument.

  • Always read the case that is mentioned in the problem and use it to enhance your argument or discredit your opponents.

  • You need evidence to support these points e.g. Quotations from case judgements/statutes/articles etc.

  • Then confer with partner – and split workload lead and junior.

  • Then prepare skeleton and send to opposition 48 hours before moot date.

  • Then prepare speech and bundle.

  • Then MOOT!!!


To conclude
To Conclude!

  • Mooting is FUN!

  • Looks great on your CV

  • Great way to make new friends

  • Help you with your studies

  • Provide the opportunity to compete in external competitions

  • Helps develop public speaking skills, research skills, presentation and communication skills

  • Mooting can benefit every student whether or not they plan to follow a traditional legal career path upon graduation.


Keele bar society1
Keele Bar Society

You mustbe a member to compete in mooting.


Contact

Contact:

[email protected]

Indicate which mooting officer you are emailing or put your year in the subject

1st year (Sheena Mahil)

2nd and 3rd years (Amber Lewis)

External (NedaKhaliq)



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