Moot Court is a mock appellate advocacy experience that helps law students develop the strong writing and oral advocacy skills, intellectual flexibility, the ability to function well under pressure; and the self-confidence.
Nehru Memorial Law P.G. College Hanumangarh, recently organised its 1st National Moot Court Competition. Participants had very bad experience there. In this Article we are sharing their experiences.
Amar Kumar Roy, CNLU, Patna
It was indeed a great and “unique experience”. In mere 1000 bucks, they provided for accommodation and food, picked us from the station around 3 a.m. and also dropped us on time. But, the purpose for which we gathered there, seemed unique and in fact, can’t be witnessed in any other national moots.
In my court room, the Hon’ble lordship was not able to recognise “what compendium is” and the hon’ble lordship was not able to “differentiate between compendium and memorandum” as well. When the lordship was asked to turn to page number 18 of the compendium to verify the case cited, the hon’ble lordship was turning the pages of the ‘memorandum’. And the most unique part, when the counsels entered the Court room, the Hon’ble lordship ordered us saying “shuru kro” and then both the parties appealed to the hon’ble lordship that the draw of lots has not taken place, so how can the counsel put forth the arguments advanced; then the hon’ble lordship exclaimed (as did we), and the Counsels were asked, “what is draw of lots….Hindi mein explain kro”. Moreover, after the counsel from both the sides explained what the draw of lots means, then the Hon’ble lordship again surprisingly ordered “aapas mein hi decide kr lo kaun appellant hoga aur kaun respondent”. Then, again the Counsel from both the sides urged the lordship for draw of lots and ultimately draw of lots took place and we argued. But again the counsel was extraordinarily surprised as counsel from both the sides argued for the whole time allotted and was not intervened neither asked a single question from the side of the Hon’ble lordship.
This was the most unique experience the counsel felt and the counsel thinks that almost every participant had certain issues regarding the event.
I would never recommend anyone to turn for any of the future events in the NMLC, if they are really excited for real moot experience.
Priyanka Dadhich ,University five year law college, Rajasthan university
On 5th November our team called them for the inquiry about the timings for the next day events, as it was written in the rules that the memorial exchange program will gonna be held on 6th November and they did it on 5th without giving any prior information.
On 6th November we were waiting for the draw of lots but the authorities said that there will be no draw of lots “teams have to decide mutually that which side they want”. (so funny, isn’t it?) Though after some heated arguments with them they got ready for doing draw of lots just before 5 minutes of starting competition and we even got threatened to be disqualified from the competition.
In our court room our judge was talking with us in ‘HINDI’ as he was not able to understand and speak English language properly( in which whole the competition was done). Our opponent team got appellant side, they only mentioned HC cases in their memorial and after speaking their part they asked for rebut ( who ask for rebut without listening respondent side, pathetic they were). Then it was our turn, when we submitted compendium to the judge , our judge said that we cannot refer compendium or case laws to the court.( I mean seriously?, then how can we prove the relevance of our case laws?) opposite team did not referred even a single case law. Instead of all this stupidity of other team they got selected for the next round. We got 15th highest marks among 43 teams but still was not in next top 23. (Wow)
And at last when we went to the HOD’s office , the head and the committee haven’t gave any clarification and the principal does not even have etiquette’s that how to talk to girls. His tone was not at all respectable.
Vishnu Tandi, The Northcap University, Gurgaon
This was my first moot and I did put in considerable efforts for this one, along with my team. It was very disappointing.
I could rationally understand that this was their first moot as well (as organizers) so glitches were bound to happen. But the utter non-professional behavior was something I would never accept.
Saket Gogia, K.L.E Society’s Law College, Bangalore
The experience of having attended a moot court competition is enthralling, mostly. But it more or less happens if and when you performed well, winning and losing is again subjective. The experience only turns bitter when you performed well, had good opponents they performed well too. But the judges were made aware way before the rounds began that none of them are to make it any further. And you get to know of it, only a little later.
This piece is not dedicated to my experience at Hanumangarh that I reserve for another day. This is my silent protest towards bias. Irregularities in whatever nature are disturbing. Here at Nehru Memorial PG Law College it was the element of bias that overthrew the very spirit of a competition. It was certainly not evident on day one as there were other trials that the participants were put through. None of us surfaced apart from the management. Each time a participant, a student of another reputed College approached the management with issues that needed to be set right. And each time they wore a dejected look. It had to be according to what was planned by the management throughout. Not once did they budge, nor did it look like any request made was even considered. To be reasonable was the criteria in all requests made.
The rules made in such a way that a team with two wins of qualifying rounds are out of the competition. As well as the teams that had a better score than the team who won both rounds. What happens to the teams that have scored relatively well because of a lenient marking of a Judge in one Court Hall. And the ordeal another team is put through for having faced a Judge with stingy marking attitude. Then again the rules don’t have anything to do if such a situation arises. Though the rules were moulded as when it pleases the propaganda. The team that scored second lowest in the first round as petitioners, are to face the same Judge in a division bench as petitioners again only to top the chart. Never the less they were out.
I will not be surprised if more of such incidents are told in the comments section below or even better if another piece altogether.
If only such competitions go unheard off to the mooters would be so heartening. On the contrary, I agree, you only know of the agony, if you are put through it. I was. My team was. Many others were. I am sure such things happen a lot of times in a lot of places. And that most of us have developed a thick skin towards such incidents, we are the tolerant lot, you see. Disappointment as is said lasts longer, I would be happier being disappointed to have lost fairly.
There is a lot of filth that can be spoken of against the management of the said College. Then again, I enjoyed the breakfast and lunch they served. Also met smart and worthy of winning, sort of people who I made friends with. I try to keep up with them through whataspp groups. I think I will make my choices of attending better competitions hence forth. And try to stay away from disappointments that rub off negativity. It will help me to keep up the spirit of organizing fair and real competitions, along with competing against worthy opponents alone.