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Faculty of Law

Internal Moot Court Competition 2010

The Moot & Debating Society will be hosting the third annual Internal Moot Court Competition. The aim of the competition is to provide law students with the chance to improve their research, writing and oral advocacy skills. Put your legal skills to the test against your peers.

Facts and rules of the competition

Attached are the hypothetical set of facts and the complete set of rules for the competition.

Who may participate?

All registered undergraduate students may participate, in either English or Afrikaans (this includes B.Comm (Law) and B.A. (Law)).

Please note: any student who has represented the University in an international competition is automatically disqualified from participating.

Download the registration form.

Dates of the competition

11 October 2010 – Registration extension
13 October 2010 – Heads of Argument Submission
22 October 2010 - Date of Competition

Heads of Argument must be submitted to Jan Norval:

Team composition

Each team must consist of two students, and both students must argue for both the applicant and the respondent (note that there are two prayers in the facts, and therefore each student argues one of the prayers). The team members do not have to be from the same year group.

Coaching and assistance

In addition to specific queries that you may have, moot society members will be available at specific times before the competition for you to come in and ask questions and practise your oral arguments, for them to be able to give you tips on what you can do to improve for the competition. E-mail Jan Norval at to book at a practise.

View the suggested reading list.

Judging of the competition

There are two components to the competition: a written and an oral component. These two components will be weighted equally. Students will be required to submit written heads of argument and present oral arguments before a panel of judges. Heads of argument will be submitted before the oral arguments to allow for them to be marked. Please refer to the rules of the competition for the specific requirements for both components.

The judging panel will be made up of legal professionals: judges, advocates, attorneys and academics.