After a lot of hustle and bustle, the memorials from both the side on the given proposition were finally submitted on 16th August,2019 by the teams comprising of two teammates .After which began the real competition. The preparation of the preliminary rounds commenced with the freshly arrived first years assembling in the atrium on 18th August. The team codes were allotted to the teams for the rounds to be held the very next day. On the day of preliminary rounds , the corridors were filled with nervous smiles and competitive sunk eyes. The library seemed to be crowded with the first years searching and exploring the vast dimensions of Law of Contracts.
The Preliminary Rounds began on 19th at 2 pm. The first years seemed excited to put forth their prepared arguments from both the sides . The moot problem seemed to have become a gospel to them. Switching from plaintiffs to the respondent i.e. switching battlegrounds had gotten very challenging for them.
At 4 pm on 20th , the teams assembled in the atrium for the results of the preliminary rounds. Overall 8 teams, out of the 40 teams, qualified for the Quarter Finals. The teams worked all through the night to prepare for their next rounds. On 21st the teams had their Quarter final rounds , out of which 4 teams reached the semi final stage. The teams that qualified were TC 19,12,37 &40.The atrium echoed with applause and enthusiasm as the teams were one step closer to lifting the prestigious trophy.
The semi finalists had their rounds at 3 pm in their newly allotted courtrooms. After the tough competition, a boys and a girls team were pitted against each other i.e. TC 19&12. Finally, the much-awaited finals of the Novices moot court competition was held on Thursday 22nd of August. Both the teams showcased impeccable court mannerisms and argumentative skills. However, Team Code 12- Prisha and Khushi were declared winners and lifted the prestigious trophy and Team Code 19, Rajat & Akash were declared Runners Up of the event. The Best Advocate award went to Samyukta and the Best Memorial Prize was awarded to Divya and Akshaya.
The competition was an introduction of the mooting culture to the first years. We hope that they continue showing interest in legal competitions and keep embracing the art of mooting.
This post was submitted by Nandini Gupta, Ist year.