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National Schools Moot Court Competition 2010/11

5 September 2010 No Comment

The first annual National Schools Moot Court Competition for senior learners (grade 10 and 11 in 2010) at all secondary schools in South Africa will be held during 2010/11, with the final rounds taking place on 18–21 March 2011.

The Moot will be presented by the Universities of Pretoria, Venda and the Western Cape, in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Department of Basic Education and the Foundation for Human Rights.

Support will be given by other law faculties as well as the organised legal profession and the courts.

The Competition is aimed at creating greater awareness in schools and communities in South Africa about the Constitution and the values that it embodies through active participation.

This Competition will also provide a unique opportunity for learners to consider a career in law.

A Moot is a role-play exercise, where the participants play the role of the lawyers in a fictional court case.

All secondary schools in South Africa are invited to enter a team of two learners.

A fictional problem involving a constitutional issue will be set. Learners will be expected to write two short essays setting out the opposing sides of the case.

These essays will then be evaluated by a panel of experts, the best four submissions in each one of the nine provinces will be identified and the learners will be invited to participate in person in the preliminary rounds in Pretoria in March 2011.

The four teams from each province will be paired against one another to determine the provincial winners.

The two provincial winning teams with the highest scores will compete against each other to determine an overall winning team in the final round at the Constitutional Court on 21 March 2011 – Human Rights Day.

Participants will also be given the opportunity to attend lectures on the Constitution to prepare for the Competition.

The language medium of this event will be English but participants will be allowed to use any of the official languages in the final round.

For more details on the competition please see www.up.ac.za/law or contact the organiser, Cherryl Botterill, at cherryl.botterill@gmail.com.

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