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GNLU wins Surana Trial Moot North, NLU Jodhpur takes early MPL3 lead

GNLU Gandhinagar defeated NLU Jodhpur in the final round of the Surana Trial Advocacy Moot (North India rounds) but NLU Jodhpur moved from fifth place to the top of the MPL 3 Standings with top citations.

NLU Jodhpur picked up the best memorandum award and its speaker Satyam Thareja won the best speaker award giving NLU Jodhpur 30 points – 7 more than CLC Delhi in second place.
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NUJS Kolkata and RMLNLU Lucknow finished semifinalists in the moot.

The GNLU team consisted of Aonkan Ghosh, Kunal Chaturvedi, Shreya Ramakrishnan and Shashank Shekhar.

Speaker Ghosh told Legally India that the team had had a brilliant experience. “This was one of the few moots in India which has a different genre of mooting, if I may say so. The format was new to us as we were simulating a trial. An hour before the oral rounds, we were given time to coach our witnesses and tell them how to respond during the cross-examination.

“The oral rounds covered every aspect of a trial – we had an opening statement, examination and cross-examination of witnesses by the prosecution and the defense and lastly there was the closing statement.”

He also said that procedural law played a very vital role in the moot. “Usually, we only research on substantive law for moots, but procedural law was equally important in this moot. The judging was good and we had intense competition. The final round against NLU Jodhpur was very close,” he said.

The moot, organised by Surana & Surana International Attorneys in collaboration with University Institute of Legal Studies, Chandigarh, was conceived to promote trial advocacy skills.

Student organiser Rashi Ahluwalia from UILS Chandigarh said that the moot went very well. “We had four sitting high court judges in the final rounds and many other young advocates judging the preliminary rounds. The competition was good. Out of the twelve teams that participated in the moot, there were around five teams which were really good. Even in the final rounds, the judges noted that it was very close”.

The problem was based on a fact situation similar to the Bhopal gas tragedy with some modifications such as the use of information technology law.

Mooting Premier League 3 season standings

Pos Law school Pts Details
1 NLU Jodhpur 30 IICLAM (gold); [Trial Adv North] (silver, best speaker, best memo);
2 Campus Law Centre Delhi 23 Raj Anand Moot (gold, best speaker);
3 NLIU Bhopal 22 SLCU Moot (gold); Raj Anand Moot (semis, best memo);
4 NUJS Kolkata 18 SLCU Moot (silver, best speaker, best memo); [Trial Adv North] (semis);
5 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore 17 IICLAM (silver, best speaker); SLCU organiser;
6 GLC Mumbai 16 IICLAM (Best Memo); Raj Anand Moot (silver);
7 NLSIU Bangalore 15 Raj Anand Moot (semis); Maritime Arbitration (silver, best memo, hon men for best resp memo);
8 GNLU Gandhinagar 10 [Trial Adv North] (gold);
9 KLE Bangalore 4 IICLAM (semis);
9 Symbiosis Law School, Pune 4 IICLAM (semis);
11 HNLU Raipur 3 SLCU Moot (semis);
11 RMLNLU Lucknow 3 [Trial Adv North] (semis);
11 ULC Bangalore 3 SLCU Moot (semis);
14 NLU Delhi 2 IICLAM organiser;

 

For more information please refer to the MPL 3 rulebook.
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