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About Mooting

A ‘moot’ is basically a mock appeal that follows a hypothetical trial in which the facts have been established (i.e. fixed) by a hypothetical trial judge and a hypothetical judgment has been given, with ‘arguable’ reasons, in favour of one party and against the other party.

Four people participate in the moot. The first participant ‘appeals’ against the judgment on one point of law and the second participant appeals the judgment on a second, completely different point of law. The third participant is required to ‘respond’ to the first participant and the fourth participant responds to the second participant.

Moots are designed to test the participants’ ability to construct and then deliver persuasive legal arguments.

Moots are arranged by universities, law colleges and law societies and are ‘judged’ by one, or three, lecturers, lawyers and even members of the judiciary.