Unique Moot Court Experience at Nehru Memorial Law College Hanumangarh

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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

Though it was the 1st moot court competition of the NM law college but they managed all the things properly except the purpose for which we gathered there.
In round one we got 75 marks while our opponent got 43 marks. 2nd round was quite interesting and our opponent had raised 3 issues and Hon’ble judges declared all three issues irrelevant. When i approached the dais to rebut, i was told that rebuttal is not allowed, whereas in 1st round it was allowed. It was the 1st moot ever seen where rebuttal was not allowed. When result was announced, i was shocked that our opponents had qualified and we were out. We approached the control room and asked to disclose the mark list given by the judges. but they refused to disclose by saying that it is confidential document.
Next drama was that, according to their rule, marks of both the rounds shall be added and top 8 will qualify for quarter but the same was not happened. We calculated our marks of both the rounds and according to total score we were qualified for the quarters but no one was ready to accept.
Aggrieved by all the drama, A group of students approached the Principal but his behavior  was not professional. He started blaming us and said that college apne hisab se chlta hai, tumhare khne se nhi chlega, You are here because you are all losers. Inquiry krni hai to khud ja ke krlo.
I can’t say for other but for me this was the worst experience i ever encountered at any moot court.  I would never recommend anyone to turn for any of the future events in this college.

Anant S. Mittal, GNLU

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.

There was a pre-moot ceremony where the honorable judges were facilitated and some students from the PG college spent 15-20 minutes on the background and “gunn-gaan” of each and every judge called up by the college. Their introduction seemed very well researched but I think a more fruitful exercise would be to educate them about what a moot court is. I personally think that the judges called-up, were experts in their field but I highly doubt that anyone from them had any idea what a moot court is.
We were the second highest scorers in the first round. The team against whom we won the first round scored just a mere 10 marks less than us. I was not to judge them, but their memo and oral rounds were not upto the mark. The speaker of our team spoke for 12 minutes straight out of their allotted 25 minutes. The judge did not accept one of their two contentions and did not listen to the other. And still they scored just 10 marks less than us.
Here comes the second round. The same judge from the first round appears in the court. We already knew that this judge has no idea what a moot court is so we were quite prepared. But the questions he asked were far from any preparations we could have done. On a very serious note, and not as mocking or trick question he asked us “tumne apne client se baat nahi ki? karni chaiye thi, tumhare researcher ko acha rehta.” One more: “Tumne lower court ke order ka anusaar paisa bhara hai, to uska receipt dikhao.” One more: “Appeal karne se pehle, High Court ka certificate dikhao.” One more: “lagta hai tumne apne client se sahi se baat nahi ki hai, agle hearing mai milenge.”
And all this was very serious. Moreover to add to this, the opposing team in the second round presented made up facts. “Ladki ki maa bimar hai”, “ladki unemployed hai“, “bacha bimar hai” and they were not mooting, they were shouting. We did bring it to the notice of the judge that they are making up facts, but he did not do anything about it. Even after we notified the judge, the opposing team simply was making up facts. Sitting there I felt like the judge would burst into tears in a few moments and will start giving a verdict in favour of the victim “Beti”. 
And this was not enough. The rules clearly said that the accumulated scores of both the rounds would be calculated and the top 8 teams would qualify for the quarterfinals. Our score was 220. The 2nd highest score after 2 rounds. We did not qualify for quarter finals. When we went to the Principals office to clarify what had happened, he burst into an act which is the most unprofessional thing I have ever experienced in my life. According to him, we all were losers and could not accept defeat, while he needed someone from his “friends” to read out the rules for him as the rules were in a foreign language called “English”.
there is no doubt that some of us, including me got a little agitated by this and did some shouting but that was when the Principal (monarch) was not ready to listen to us and not even let us put forward our point. It was an experience. One that I will remember.
I would not end my feedback here. I would like to say that the hospitality of the faculty of the PG college was beyond excellent. There were problems, which can be ignored. Food was very good and served properly at time. Accommodation was not good but neither the town was huge nor the fee charged from us.
I would specially like to mention Mr. Rehman from the PG college. He is one of the faculty members and he is one of the best humans I have ever met. He was humble, patient and did accept that they were at fault. He is keen on improving and asked for suggestions and help. His hospitality made me feel like I was visiting a relative.
I would not forget my first moot court competition for quite a few reasons.

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.


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