1) The competition is open to all undergraduate and post-graduate students studying at the University of Warwick.
2) Competitors must sign up in pairs as a team or individually. Those who sign up individually will be assigned a partner by the Mooting Officers.
3) Advocates must provide an e-mail and/or telephone contact for the Mooting Officers.
4) Advocates must be aware that partaking in a moot will consume time and effort. Please only enter if you are sure that you will take part in order to avoid problems of last minute withdrawals.
Timetabling and preparation
5) The moot problem will be handed out to the participating teams at least seven days before the moot. Moots will take place on assigned dates with a minimum of seven days notice.
6) The moot problem will be decided at the organisersí discretion, and will involve any of the following areas of law: contract, tort, criminal, property, public and public international.
7) One moot problem will be selected for use in both Round 1 and in Round 2. Similarly, one moot problem will be selected for use in both Rounds 3 and 4.
8) Participants in the Internal Mooting Competition shall be assigned the position of Appellant or Respondent by the organisers. The organisers may request participants to argue the moot from the opposite position in case there is a scheduling problem. The organisers will only do so with at least seven days notice.
9) Advice regarding the specific problem may be sought from any source other than the organisers or judges.
10) The facts of the moot as set out in the problem are not subject to dispute.
11) Each advocate may cite no more than four cases during the moot. This does not include statutes, texts, articles or cases cited by the opposing team nor does it include any statutes, cases or articles cited in the moot problem question. Advocates may also refer to statutes and/or articles without these being included in the limits of four cases. Referring to a case or other legal literature not cited is only permissible when answering a Judge's question. Any other use shall be considered a negative factor by the Judge.
12) All cases, statutes, texts or articles ('Authorities') must be disclosed to the opposing team and the Mooting Officers, by placing skeletons in the relevant Law School Common Room pigeon holes, at least 48 hours before the moot. This must be confirmed by email to both the Mooting Officers at email@example.com and opposing counsel at the email address provided. Failure to do so shall, at the discretion of the opposing counsel, result in the team at fault only being able to refer to cases cited by the opposing team.
13) Each team must produce a skeleton argument outlining the main propositions and submissions in support of their case. The skeleton must be no longer than one side of A4 paper for each team and must be exchanged at least 48 hours before the moot in a similar manner as the disclosure form. Failure to comply with either requirement shall be considered a negative factor by the judge.
14) No advocate or team may concede a point of law unless both members of the opposing team have given their written consent. Conceding without such consent will result in the moot being automatically awarded to the other team.
15) Advocates should put together copies of their authorities, including all cases, articles, statutes and texts, into a bundle for submission to the Judge. Advocates are not required to produce such bundles for their opponents in Rounds 1 and 2 of the Internal Competition. They will however, be required to do so for all subsequent rounds. Advocates bear the burden of examining the skeletons submitted by their opponents in the first two rounds and putting together any authorities they plan to refute or address in the moot.
16) The dress code for the internal competition is formal and mooters are required to wear suits when participating in a moot.
17) Mooters are expected to be punctual and arrive at the designated location at least five minutes prior to their allotted time.
18) The order in which the advocates are to speak shall be as follows: Lead Appellant; Junior Appellant; Lead Respondent; Junior Respondent.
19) Each lead counsel shall be permitted to speak for no longer than 10 minutes. Each junior counsel shall be permitted to speak for no longer than 7 minutes. This will not include time spent introducing the advocates, summarising the facts and any judicial interventions. These times will be increased to 15 minutes and 10 minutes in the final of the competition.
20) There will be a right of reply for the appellants lasting no longer than 3 minutes.
21) Time shall be kept by a clerk, who may also act as Judge, and the advocates shall be informed in some non verbal manner (e.g. holding up cards/ fingers) when they have three minutes remaining, one minute remaining and when their maximum time has expired.
22) Advocates shall be allowed to exceed the maximum time, but it shall be considered a negative factor by the Judge.
23) Falling considerably short of an allocated maximum time shall be considered a negative factor by the judge.
24) Any team unable to compete within the dates set out will forfeit their round to their opposing team, unless both teams agree by email on an alternative date which is then confirmed by the organisers. The organisersí confirmation is necessary and teams must contact Jay Jagasia at firstname.lastname@example.org if they are unable to compete at the alloted time.
25) In the Internal Competition 2005–6, the three quarterfinal (Round 4) winners will automatically earn a position in the semi-finals. The final semi-final position will be awarded to the losing quarterfinal team that has the highest score. The Mooting Officers retain the right to determine which team proceeds to the semi-final in the case of a tie.
Judges and judgment
26) Each moot shall be judged by between one and three Judges. Where the moot is judged by two judges, one judge shall be given a casting vote to be used in the event of disagreement. The decision as to which judge has the casting vote shall be made prior to the start of the moot. Where the moot is judged by three judges the judgment shall be that of the majority.
27) The Judge will be a Mooting Officer, qualified barrister, solicitor, judge or law lecturer.
28) The Judge may ask any advocate any question at any point during the moot.
29) After all the speeches have been given the Judge shall adjudicate firstly, as to which team has won the point of law, and secondly as to which team has won the moot. The judgment is final unless one team alleges an infringement of these rules, when the matter should be referred to the organisers.
30) In reaching a decision as to which team has won the moot, the Judge shall take into account, in particular, the following:
i) The Court room manner and etiquette of each mooter;
ii) The presentation and clarity of each mooter's speech, including adherence to the time limits;
iii) The use made by each mooter of each authority or other literature cited as well as the overall presentation and preparation of authorities including bundles and skeletons; and
iv) The ability of each mooter to deal with judicial interventions.
31) The organisers have absolute discretion to amend any of these rules and deal with questions of interpretation. All teams shall be informed of any amendments and interpretations.
32) The mooting guide available on the University of Warwick Law Society webpage will supplement but not replace the rules contained herein.
33) The competition organisers are the Mooting Officers for the University of Warwick Law Society. Any queries should be addressed to Jay Jagasia at email@example.com. ac.uk.