Significance of Moot Courts for Law Students
Moot courts are the dummy courts where students are given the opportunity to experience the proceeding of real courts through awareness about various etiquette, intricacies, and technicalities of this stream called as “Mooting” or “Debating” or “Arguing”.
But mooting is more than debating or arguing. It is a technique needed to learn by every law student, to inculcate the litigation culture and to become the proficient lawyer. In debate and argue, situations can be won sometimes by high voice modulation. But In mooting students need to argue with researched facts & etiquettes to convince the judge.
Mooting skills also boosts up the confidence of the students; hence every law student should actively participate in moot court which is a fun with learning technique.
In moot courts students are given cases on which they have to argue to win the case that actually happens in real life scenario and real law courts. In appearance it looks like a real court with 3 judges, courtroom witness boxes, sitting space for audience / case stakeholders.
There are two “mooters” one is “counsel” and other is “co-counsel”, and also 02 researchers with knowledge about the relevant laws and facts related to the case. Mooter is an orator but the actual research is done by researcher. Researchers prepare the insights to be presented and mooter presents it before the judge.
In India the mooting culture started when Bar council of India (BCI) organized the Bar council of India moot court in the year 1981. In 1985 learning through moot court became an integrated feature of Indian legal education. And from that time, mooting culture is being followed by Indian law institutes.
Now days, many law colleges organize moot courts competitions with some eminent legal personality as a judge to evaluate the classroom knowledge gained by the students.