Mooting competition rules

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The Observer Mooting Competition Rules are reproduced in full in the Observer Book of Moots.

The Blackstone's Book of Moots also contains a set of competition rules, at p199-202.

The Blackstone Herbert Smith National Mooting Competition rules as used at the University of Exeter are available at the Bracton Law Society web page, here.

Here are our own shortform rules:

Mooting Net Mooting Rules

  1. A moot shall take place between two teams, the 'appellants' and the 'respondents'.

  2. Each team shall consist of two advocates, a 'lead' and a 'junior'.

  3. It is the lead appellant's responsibility to introduce the advocates and the case.

  4. The moot may be judged by a single judge or a panel.

  5. The facts of the moot are as set out in the problem and are not subject to dispute.

  6. Timing

    (a) Speeches shall proceed as follows:

    (b) Any advocate exceeding the time for their speech shall have this counted against them.
    (c) The speech time shall not include the time taken to answer the judge's questions.

  7. Authorities

    (a) Each team shall be entitled to refer to a maximum of ten case law authorities during the course of their arguments. This does not include any statutes, texts or articles.
    (b) Authorities must be disclosed to the opposing team and the moot organisers at least 48 hours before the moot.

  8. Judgment

    (a) At the end of the speeches, the judge shall declare which team are:

    (b) The team which is declared winner of the moot shall be the advocates who have presented their case with the greatest oral skills and legal clarity.

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