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A moot court is patterned on an appeals court or Supreme Court hearing. The court, composed of a panel of judges or justices, must rule on a lower court’s decision. No witnesses are called, nor are the basic facts in a case disputed. Arguments are prepared and presented on the application of a law, the constitutionality of a law, or the fairness of the lower court decision. In many ways, the moot court is like a debate, as each side presents arguments for the consideration of judges. Since moot courts are not concerned with the credibility of witnesses, they are an effective strategy for focusing participant attention on the underlying principles and concepts of justice.
The goal for presenting a moot court is to develop participants’ skills for taking a position and defending it with rational arguments.
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