Interview: Winning Team [Delhi Metropolitan Education, GGSIPU, New Delhi] of Kurukshetra University’s 1st Moot 2016: Download Winning Memorials

The Winning Team

1. Damini Bisht

2. Azka Sheikh Kalia

3. Harshit Dave

Winning Memorials

For Petitioners, click HERE.

For Respondents, click HERE.

Interviewers

1. Era Kanwar (Lawctopus College Manager)

2. Priyavrat Parashar

In Session

1. What made you choose this present moot in the first place?

Damini Bisht:

Hey! Thank You so much! The moot problem was based on the juvenile law, criminal law and International law. The criminal law and international law is my field of interest.

I still remember after the amendment of the juvenile law three of us were arguing and debating in the canteen whether it is wrong or right. I think the idea behind doing this moot was to present those arguments in front of the people.

Azka Sheikh Kalia:

This moot had the preposition regarding the Juvenile Justice Act. The Juvenile Act was new to us, until now. If you don’t know a particular Act, then you must do moot on it. That’s what I did.

Harshit Dave:

We read the moot proposition and since it was based on a new statute we found it to be a very intriguing one. Also, there were other laws such as Criminal law and International Law and Constitutional Law which were involved in this proposition.

This made the moot proposition a riveting one. We also had a keen interest in the Juvenile Law. Also, the Institute of Law, Kurukshetra University is a very prestigious institution and hence we chose this moot.

2. The moot proposition was based on new Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, what you felt about the moot proposition?

Damini:

The moot proposition was undoubtedly a very tricky one. It was based on the new Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and was an intriguing one.

We read the proposition numerous times and every time we came up with a new fact related to our arguments. We understood all the facts in depth and then framed our arguments.

Azka:

The moot preposition was beautifully drafted. It hits on the sweet spot of the new amendment regarding lowering the age bar from 18 to 16 years in case of heinous offences.

My area of expertise was criminal law and ossification test.

Harshit:

The moot problem was beautifully drafted every single loophole of the law was pertinent to the case. The issues were overlapping and sometimes they were contradicting each other and we didn’t want to contradict ourselves or to sound repetitive.

We spend a lot of time scrutinizing the moot problem but every time we read it a new fact would emerge.

The moot proposition was one of the factor that attracted us to do this moot.

3. What was your strategy behind preparation? How did you kept the balance and managed both your college schedule & moot related research work in drafting of memorials and oral arguments?

Damini:

The strategy behind preparation was not killing each other before the whole moot gets over. Just kidding, the only thing that we had during the whole time in our minds was to win this moot. The moot problem released and we divided our work.

We used to attend all the classes during the day (as our college is very strict with attendance things) and after that we used to spend a lot of time in library, computer lab and even on staircase. It’s like for the one month the college premises became our first home.

All the moot work that we did was during the 4:00 p.m to 4:00 a.m, thankfully all three of us has the same habit of working in the late nights. From the starting itself we divided our work and made it clear as to who has to work on which part. One week before submission of the memorials we had our exams, that was one hell of a week.

We used to come early in the college study for like 2-3 hours together give our exam and then run towards the library to work on the memorials. For that one week I don’t know for which trip my sleep and food went for.

We didn’t get much time to prepare for orals, during the time we were travelling from Delhi to Kurukshetra University in the bus we were preparing our orals and everyone in the bus was staring at us 😛 , but we didn’t even care about anything and our main focus was only on to make our orals strong we made a list of all the possible questions that can be asked during the arguments, we made sure that our arguments finished at the right time so that we have time to answer the questions raised by the judges.

Azka:

There was only one strategy which was, to win. We always keep it simple, in college hours we do nothing except of college work. Late nights are made for doing work of such kind of work. It’s more of a habit you can say.

Harshit:

The strategy was simple. However, the preparation was a very hectic and a time consuming one. We really had to strike a balance between our academics and the preparation of this moot. We discussed the moot problem over and over again. Then, we worked on the arguments and counter-arguments.

The research was very extensive because right from the start we believed that research is the backbone for every moot. We researched on every argument extensively. Also, we are very thankful to our teachers who really guided us at every step of the preparation.

4. Team work makes the dream work. How important you feel the essence of team effort during preparations? Were there any roadblocks?

Damini:

We call ourselves “The Dream Team”. I think I couldn’t have asked for the better team, three of us are from the same batch and we know each other very well, the best part is that we understand each other’s working pattern.

You cannot win the moot court competition on your own it always has to be the team effort. I am the person who jokes around all the time, yell at everyone and works best under the pressure. My team used to make me sit quietly and treat me like a small kid.

Obviously every team has conflicts and different opinions, when three minds meet together they will have contradicting views but that’s what the best because this made us understand each other more.

The one perfect thing about our team is that we don’t fall apart. We fight but when we are fighting one of us take a step back and try to solve the issues.

There were no as such roadblocks and even though we had some we removed them by our efforts and we did what we decided to do when we registered for this moot court and that is “Winning”.

Azka:

Ours is a “Dream Team”. The work gets divided like a piece of cake and everyone knows there part from the start. Hence, zero possibility of conflict. No roadblocks as such.

No two fingers are same and no two opinions are either. There tends to be conflict between two opinions. However, the best part about our team is we don’t fall apart. When two member shares conflict then, the third member becomes the mediator.

Harshit:

That statement is indeed true to the core. Team effort is one of the major factors in mooting. Each one of us knew what we had to do and there was no misunderstanding between us. We all were on the same page.

The reason why we won this moot was because the unity, respect and faith we have for each other in our team. The only reason why we didn’t face any roadblocks as such was due to the level of understanding between us.

5. Well, 38 teams in the 1st National, what do you felt about the competition and which was the round you enjoyed the most?

Damini:

The competition was really tough and just like our team all the teams have prepared very well.

Right from the preliminary to the finals I enjoyed every round but the best among them will be the semi finals the team against us was very strong and level of argument was so high that we can even see the judges were really enjoying it.

After finishing my arguments I was waiting for the rebuttal to happen because I just loved the way both; our team and the other team presented their arguments.

Azka:

I must say the best round for us was semi-finals. There’s sense of respect I grew for the opposite team, especially for speaker number 2. That was the only team which gave us really hard time. The margin was really cut to cut. I thoroughly enjoyed myself during that round.

Harshit:

It was indeed a significant moot court competition with 38 teams participating. However, we didn’t pay much heed to that number. We knew that focus and determination will lead us to a great result.

The round which I enjoyed the most was the quarter-final round. It is mainly because of the judges which we had. The judges were spot-on. They knew where to hit us and what questions to ask. The level of grilling was just exceptional. The quarter-final round was indeed one of the action-packed rounds which we faced.

6. What would like to say about the Judges in different rounds of the competition? What was the level of grilling?

Damini:

The judges in the Preliminaries were aced mooters of their times and the judges during semi’s and finals were the practicing advocates and judges and were so proactive! They grilled us on every arguments and on every line that we spoke.

It was like a roller coaster ride that we are in and if we don’t answer their questions we are going back home – dead! This was our second moot and what I have learned from the past experience and from our teachers is that once you say the counsel plead ignorance that means you have lost your battle.

The only thing we did was logically deducting the arguments from facts because even during the oral rounds somewhere in our subconscious mind we had this thing that we are here to win this moot and we are not going back home without the trophy.

Azka:

Oh my Gosh! That will be my reaction. Every judge had a different style. The grilling level was set at max. Still we enjoyed that a lot. Well that’s the ch’i of the competition. Isn’t it?

Harshit:

The judges were absolutely fantastic in every round we faced from the prelims till the finals. They knew the law very well and the level of grilling was great. They were constantly asking questions and almost every round which we participated was great in terms of grilling.

7. How was the final round up against Amity University, Lucknow? How will you describe the opposition team?

Damini:

The final round against the Amity University, Lucknow team was tough obviously they were against us in the finals they were one of the best among the 38 teams.

Their oral and written submission were  good; both the speakers were impressively good on factually fighting the case but they were unable to address the queries of the judges.

But as they say there can be only one winner of the battle and we dem’ians without any reasonable doubt proved that we are the winners.

Azka:

They were well deserved candidates to be in finals. Everyone!

Harshit:

The final round was a tough one. The two Hon’ble justices of the Punjab & Haryana High Court were judging us. The opponents were very good. Their arguments were really good and they gave us a good competition. It was really a good experience for us.

8. Students mostly are too scared and hesitating while participating in moot court due to intense research work. How important is mooting in a law student’s career. Any message would you like to pass on to the law students?

Damini:

Mooting is one of the most important and a life changing experience a law student can get during the college days. Although the process of doing moot is very tough, hectic and requires a lot of hard work however once you start doing moot there is no looking back.

Most of the student thinks that doing moot just improve their resume and nothing else but moot courts are not only building your resume they are also building your confidence, your arguments skills and preparing you to perform better at your professional front.

“The thing about moot courts is that it takes away all your existing social life but then leaves you with the best experience, a group of friends and memories to last for a lifetime.”

Azka:

They mustn’t. Research work is easy, once you know how to do it. The fun part is when the competition begins. The adrenal rush you get after putting yourself out there. The description can be as of tasting blood. In the beginning you are scared of it. Once, you taste it, you get addicted to it.

As for the benefits, this is the only place you can showcase your lawyer skills. Here you get opportunity of representing a party and pleading for the same. Every law student irrespective of the profession they are going to choose in future must go for it.

Harshit:

Mooting is a very important part of a law student’s life. It is really one of the best things a law student could do and gain a lot. The intense research which is involved in mooting helps a law student to gain knowledge of law and it is highly beneficial.

Mooting is hard-work, dedication and fun at the same time. It helps in developing speaking, writing and research skills of a law student. Every law student should participate in moot courts.

Winning or losing doesn’t matter because at the end of the day all that matters is what you learnt from your experiences.

One should always remember that failure is the path to success.

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