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VIDHI PARIVARTAN’S 1ST NATIONAL VIRTUAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION, 2021 

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ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION 

Vidhi Parivartan is a legal platform that seeks to hone the skill sets of all the budding lawyers, aid the law students in all possible manner by optimum utilization of resources available at their disposal and thereby empower the legal fraternity eventually. The platform aspires to undertake a host of short, medium and long-term activities and programmes for the legal community to enhance their professional, academic and extra-academic progression. 

It is committed for the cause of empowering especially the first-generation lawyers who face innumerable hardships in the profession. Moreover, it aims to live up to its motto of 

‘Nyaydaanam Shreshtam Daanam’ through every activity that it undertakes. 

ABOUT THE COMPETITION 

Mooting is an attempt to take part and witness the court proceedings, and to exercise the diligence and efforts in the craft of the court proceedings. Further, mooting helps the students to learn the courtroom etiquettes which provide them an insight into the real litigation world.  

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Vidhi Parivartan is organizing its 1st Virtual National Moot Court Competition to provide the students with an opportunity to develop their research and analytical skills, along with their oral advocacy skills, behind a virtual moot court setting, which shall help them in developing legal skills and hone them for their future endeavours.  

ELIGIBILITY 

Students duly enrolled and pursuing full time 5 years or 3 years undergraduate law course from India with law as major may apply to participate in Vidhi Parivartan’s 1st National Virtual Moot Court Competition, 2021. 

TEAM COMPOSITION 

  1. A team shall consist of maximum three members that must include two Speakers and one researcher. For a two member team, both participants shall be speakers and one of them shall be the researcher to the competition.  
  2. Any team, intending to change the team composition shall intimate the Organising Committee by sending an e-mail at events.vidhiparivartan@gmail.com; the change will be allowed at the discretion of the Organising Committee. 
  3. Any person, other than the three registered team members, is not eligible to join the videoconferencing or the audio-video recording of the oral rounds, and non-compliance is a ground for disqualification. 
  4. The Researcher may be permitted to argue as Speaker in case of any unforeseen event. 
  5. Prior permission of the organizers of competition in such a case shall be mandatory. In case the team fails to inform the organizers, their decision will be final and binding. 

REGISTRATION 

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General: 

  1. Each team shall register for Vidhi Parivartan’s 1st National Virtual Moot Court Competition, 2021 by filling up the registration form in the prescribed manner by 10th August, 2021. 
  2. Link of Registration form: Click here 
  3. On receipt of the duly filled registration form, the organizers shall respond to the participating team, acknowledging the receipt. 
  4. After the deadline for the registration expires, the Organising Committee shall respond to each registered team, with a unique team code, which shall be used to identify the teams during the competition. 

Registration Fee: 

  1. The registration fee for the competition is Rs. 500/- for each Team. 
  2. The registration fee for the Vidhi Parivartan’s 1st National Virtual Moot Court Competition, 2021 is to be paid through Google Pay/ PhonePe/ Paytm/ UPI. 
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Payment shall be made to Nancy Garg via Paytm or UPI on 8168515340 or to Anubhav Yadav via Google Pay or PhonePe on 9355118912. 

  1. Any additional charges incurred by the team while making the wire transfer are to be borne by the team. 

CLARIFICATIONS 

  1. Clarifications can be sought on any part of the moot proposition by 7th August, 2021. These clarifications are to be sent via e-mail at events.vidhiparivartan@gmail.com and clarifications shall be released by 11th August, 2021. 
  2. It is at the discretion of the Organising Committee to decide whether a clarification sought for is valid and to be clarified. 

ANONYMITY OF TEAMS 

  1. Teams shall not reveal their identity in any form during the Competition, except by means of their Team Code allotted by the Organising Committee. 
  2. Teams must not reveal the name of their institution or names of the participants, anywhere in the memorials or in the course of the virtual oral argument rounds, by any visual or audio means. Teams must also not make use of or display in any manner whatsoever any logo, pins, badges etc. that indicates the university represented by them. 
  3. Any material presented to the Panel, including but not limited to compendium, should be devoid of any identification mark(s)/seal(s) of the Team. If any such mark(s)/seal(s) exist, it must be rendered unrecognizable before being presented to the judges. 
  4. Any violation of rules shall attract severe penalty or disqualification as determined by the Organising Committee. The decision of the Organising Committee in this regard shall be final and binding, not subject to challenge. 
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MEMORIALS 

General: 

Each team shall research into the domain of moot problem and prepare memorial from both sides, namely, Petitioner and Respondent as the case maybe. 

Format of Memorial: 

 The memorials are to be submitted in the format prescribed. If a team fails to comply with the given format, it may be penalized in the form of deductions from the memorial marks. 

The memorials shall contain all of, and only, the following heads, namely- 

  • Cover Page (It shall include the team code of the team on upper right-hand corner, name of the case, parties on behalf of whom written submissions are made, name of the forum approached for dispute resolution and year. The Cover page of the memorial on behalf of Petitioner shall be in BLUE and Respondent shall be in RED. 
  • Table of Contents 
  • List of Abbreviations 
  • Index of Authorities 
  • Statement of Jurisdiction 
  • Statement of Facts 
  • Issues Raised 
  • Summary of Arguments 
  • Arguments Advanced 
  • Prayer 
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Font and Spacing: 

All written submissions shall be typed on A4 size paper in the following format in Times New Roman (font type), in 12 points (font size), line spacing 1.5, both sides Justified, and headings to be bold in the same font and size. Each page shall have 1- inch margin from each side. 

The memorial shall not contain more than 20 pages excluding cover page, table of content, list of abbreviations and index. 

Citations: 

All teams shall give footnotes by adhering to Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation (21st Edition). 

Plagiarism: 

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The Organising Committee reserves the right to disqualify a team, at any stage of the competition, if the memorial or any other part thereof, if found to be plagiarized. 

SUBMISSION OF SOFTCOPIES 

  • Each registered team shall submit a soft copy in PDF format (.pdf) of the memorials from both sides.  
  • Soft     copies     of     the     Memorials     shall     be     submitted     on     mail     at events.vidhiparivartan@gmail.com by 25th Aug, 2021. 
  • The name of the file containing the memorial should be Team Code – Petitioner or Team Code – Respondent (as the case maybe). 
  • Submissions made after the specified deadline may lead to penalties in the form of deductions from the memorial marks. Every twenty-four (24) hours delay would attract a penalty of ten (10) marks. 

ASSESSMENT OF MEMORIALS 

Each side of the memorials shall be assessed out of 100 marks, by our panel of judges on the predetermined criterion, as specified hereunder: 

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  1. Identification of Issues and Nature of relief sought (10 marks) 
  2. Knowledge of fact and Law (15 marks) 
  3. Use of Authorities/Precedents (20 marks) 
  4. Argumentation and Clarity of Thoughts (20 marks) 
  5. Proper Citation and Correct Format (15 marks) 
  6. Grammar and Style Presentation (10 marks) 
  7. Originality (10 marks) 

RIGHTS OVER MEMORIALS 

The administrating authority of the competition reserves the rights to disseminate and produce the memorials as and when deemed necessary for the purpose of the competition. Submission of the memorials will constitute the team’s consent to do the same. The Organising Committee will not take any responsibility for the mistakes found in the final submission of the memorials. 

COMPENDIUMS 

The teams are required to send their compendium, along with their memorials on mail ID events.vidhiparivartan@gmail.com by 25th August, 2021. 

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  1. The compendium shall not exceed 10 pages, wherein, if the teams are referring to any books then the material of the book shall be quoted in following format “Name of the book/Author/Page number/Paragraph”, and if the teams are referring to any website, only link of the website shall be quoted. 
  2. The compendium will be shared to the judges only via organizing committee and the participants shall refrain from using screen share. 

DRESS CODE 

The participants shall adhere to the following dress code while in the virtual courtrooms: 

  1. Ladies: White shirt and black trousers or skirt along with a black blazer. 
  2. Gentlemen: White shirt, black trousers, a black tie, a black blazer and black shoes. 

STRUCTURE OF THE COMPETITION GENERAL: 

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  1. The formal commencement of the competition shall be on 28thAugust, 2021. 
  2. The competition shall have the Researcher’s Test round, Preliminary Rounds, one Semi Final Round and the Final Round. 

RESEARCHER’S TEST: 

  • The Researcher’s Test shall be conducted on 27th August, 2021 via online medium. 
  • The Researcher’s Test shall be in the format of both Multiple & Subjective questions and the questions based on the applicable law, precedents, and facts pertaining to the Moot Proposition. 
  • The Participation in the Researcher’s Test is mandatory for all the Teams and any failure to be present during the test may result in the disqualification of the team, subject to the discretion of the Organisers. 
  • The duration of the Researcher’s Test will be 30 minutes. 
  • The participant shall ensure complete integrity and shall not resort to unfair means while attempting the test. Any such attempt shall result in direct disqualification. 

ORAL ROUND: 

  • PRELIMINARY ROUNDS 
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  1. The rounds will be conducted virtually on video conferencing platform. 
  2. The Petitioners shall be allotted a total of 15 minutes to speak. The Respondent shall be allotted 15 minutes arguments. Any extension of time beyond the specified period shall not be allowed. Another 2 minutes will be given to each team for rebuttal & sub-rebuttal. 
  3. The division of time between the speakers is the discretion of the team members, subject to a maximum of 8 minutes for one speaker. Before the commencement of the round, each team shall indicate to the ‘Court Master’ as to how they wish to allocate their time. 
  4. At the end of the preliminary rounds, the top 4 teams will qualify for the Semi-Finals.  
  5. A team shall be credited with a win, if its total marks in the respective session are higher than those of its opponent teams. 
  6. In the case of a tie, the total marks of memorial and the preliminary rounds will be considered. The team with the higher score will advance to the Semi Finals. 
  • SEMI-FINALS 
  1. The Semi-Finals will be a knock-out round. The top 2 teams with the highest total scores in these rounds shall qualify for the Final round. 
  2. After the completion of preliminary rounds, the draw of lots will be conducted this will determine whether the participant will appear as Petitioner or Respondent. 
  3. Each team shall get a total of 25 minutes to present their case. Another 2 minutes will be given to each team for rebuttal & sub-rebuttal. Any extension of time beyond the specified period shall be subject to the discretion of the judges. The division of time between the speakers is the discretion of the team members, subject to a maximum of 15 minutes for one speaker. 
  4. Before the commencement of the round, each team shall indicate to the ‘Court Master’ as to how they wish to allocate their time. 
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  • FINALS 
  1. A team will be credited with a win in the Final round if the total marks are higher than those of its opponent team. 
  2. Each team shall get a total of 25 minutes to present their case. Another 2 minutes will be given to each team for rebuttal & sub-rebuttal. Any extension of time beyond the specified period shall be subject to the discretion of the judges. 
  3. The division of time between the speakers is at the discretion of the team members, subject to a maximum of 15 minutes for one speaker. 
  4. Before the commencement of the round, each team shall indicate to the ‘Court Master’ as to how they wish to allocate their time. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION FOR ORAL PLEADINGS 

Team performance of the Speakers shall be judged in all rounds out of 25 Marks on the basis of following criterion: 

  • Knowledge of the Facts and Laws 
  • Application of Laws to the Fact and Interpretation 
  • Argumentative Skills and Response to Questions 
  • Clarity of Thoughts and Expression 
  • Skills of advocacy and Court Mannerisms 
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IMPORTANT DATES 

Release of Moot problem: 1st August 2021

Last date to register: 10th August 2021

Last date to seek clarifications on moot problem: 7th August 2021

Release of clarifications to the registered teams: 11th August 2021

Submission of memorials: 25th August 2021

Commencement of the competition: 27th August 2021 

Researcher’s Test: 27th August 2021

Preliminary rounds: 28th August 2021 

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Semi-final round: 30th August 2021

Final round: 1st September 2021

Declaration of results: 8th September 2021

Distribution of cash prize & issuing of certificates : 10th September 2021

PENALTIES 

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Scouting: 

No member of any team or any other person will be permitted to witness the arguments or enter the live video conferencing in which that team is not one of the participating teams whilst that team is a part of the competition, or the person is not part of any of the participating team. If this rule is violated, the Organising Committee shall take strict actions, which may include but may not be limited to, the expulsion of the said team from the competition. 

Non – Disclosure of Identity: 

Teams shall not disclose their identity, i.e., the name of their institution, city, etc. or any other information which has the effect of disclosing their identity and affiliation with a particular university or institution. Such disclosure shall result in disqualification subject to the discretion of the Organizers. 

Copyright: 

The copyright with regard to the memorials submitted for the participation in the Competition is assigned by participants and shall also vest completely and fully with the Organizers. The participants shall certify the originality of the memorials and the materials used and shall be responsible for any claim or dispute arising out of further use and exhibition of these materials. The Organizers shall have the right to publicly display, distribute either electronically or otherwise and they shall not be responsible for any liability to any person for any loss caused by errors or omissions in this collection of information, or for accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in these materials. The copyright with regard to the audio-visual files, conferencing, submitted for the participation in the Competition is assigned by participants and shall also vest completely and fully with the Organizers, which will be further posted on the social media platforms for clarity and purposes. 

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CERTIFICATION, PRIZES AND AWARDS 

  • Winning team – Cash prize of Rs 1000 + Certificate of Excellence + Internship Opportunity under Adv. Jayant Bhatt + free Publication Opportunity in Vidhi Insight Journal + “GPS Paradigm” Book gift by Mr. Nitin Potdar, M&A Partner at J. Sagar Associates 

  • Best Speaker – Cash prize of Rs 500 + Certificate of Excellence + Free Publication Opportunity in Vidhi Insight Journal  
  • Best researcher – Cash prize of Rs 500 + Certificate of Excellence + Free Publication Opportunity in Vidhi Insight Journal  
  • Runner up Team: Certificate of Excellence + Internship Opportunity under Adv. Sameer Kaushik + Free Publication Opportunity in Vidhi Insight Journal  
  • 1st Semi Finalists – Certificate of Appreciation + Internship Opportunity under Adv. Anuj Aggarwal + 50% discount on publication opportunity in Vidhi Insight Journal 
  • 2nd Semi Finalists – Certificate of Appreciation + Internship Opportunity at Vidhi Parivartan+ 30% discount on publication opportunity in Vidhi Insight Journal
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  • Certificate of Participation will be issued to all the Participants. Participants will receive their Participation Certificates on given mail after they fill up the feedback form. Certificates for Semi-Finalists, Runners-up, Winners and Best Speakers will also be provided. 
  • Cash prize will be sent to the winning team after getting details of winners such as Institution ID card & Bank Accounts details for which they will be contacted via email by the Moot Court Committee. 
  • It is the responsibility of the teams to distribute cash prize among them. 

CONTACT DETAILS 

For any queries or clarifications feel free to contact Ms. Muskaan Aggarwal, Head, Organizing Committee via mail at muskaan.vidhiparivartan@gmail.com or call on 9958057507. 

Or you can mail your queries on events.vidhiparivartan@gmail.com or on contact.vidhiparivartan@gmail.com. 

For brochure and moot problem, Click Here 

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