A Moot Court Handbook
Edited By Paul I. Weizer
Chapter One: Moot Court: Commitment and Rewards
Moot Court: Commitment and Rewards
Lewis Ringel and Charles Knerr
Do You WANT TO BE A “MOOTER?”
Here is the thing: there is a decision to be made and it is yours to make. You are a student justice considering the facts of a court case in an appellate simulation known as moot court. A moot court is an academic exercise in which students “try” a legal case before an appellate court. This is not to be confused with a mock trial. In a mock trial, students try facts before a trial court. To try facts is to judge innocence or guilt or, in a civil matter, to decide if a party, such as a corporation, is liable for an action or if a party, such as a government, exceeded its powers or violated some civil law. There is a prosecution and a defense team, comprised of students, who deliver opening statements, examine and cross-examine witnesses, and deliver closing statements. In a moot court, there is no trial. The trial has already occurred; someone or something has already been found innocent or guilty, someone or something has already had a civil issue settled, or someone or something has already been told that their or its actions violate some section of a constitution. In a moot court, someone or something is protesting the validity of a trial court decision. The issue is not did the trial court misconstrue the...
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