On 17th August, 2017, a Demo Moot was conducted for the benefit of the newly arrived first year. The Demo Moot aims to groom the first years for the annual Novices Moot Court Competition. It acts as the first opportunity for the first years to witness court proceedings and see a glimpse of the practice of law.
The Demo Moot was judged by Dr. Gurpreet Singh Randhawa, Assistant Professor of Law, Panjab University and Mr. Ishpuneet Singh, Lawyer at Punjab and Haryana High Court, who is also an alum of our institute. Fourth year students and members of the Moot Court Society (MCS) Mr. Adhiraj Bhandari and Mr. Gurnoor Singh Sandhu were the plaintiff and defendant respectively. The competition amongst them was fierce and they argued on a proposition concerning Strict and Absolute Liability.
The facts of the case were that a 10-year-old girl was attacked by a Tiger in ChattBir Zoo, which led to amputation of her arm, making her disabled. The court had to determine who was liable – the Zoo authorities or the parents of the child. The plaintiff and the defendant employed their legal acumen and verbosity and displayed profound understanding of the facts of the case.
The moot ended with the Principal, Dr. Tejinder Kaur presenting mementos as a token of appreciation for the esteemed judges and students for their hard work as the plaintiff and the defendant. The Demo Moot taught the students the most essential traits of a successful lawyer – proper understanding of the facts coupled with oratory skills. It was a great lesson for the audience and will be remembered.
The article was written by Dilisha D Nair (Ist Year)