Moot Court Society Annual Report (2018 - 2019)

Dr. Priya Dhanokar, Assistant Professor, DES SNFLC

Mooting is an excellent way to develop legal research, analysis and presentation, both oral and written, and knowledge of core areas of law, all of which are crucial for legal practice. Moot court not only helps in enhancing legal knowledge, but also in brushing up communication, drafting, legal research, and presentation skills. After presenting moots, students get a taste of real court proceedings. Thus, being one of the prominent law colleges in the city, we considerMoot Court activity in general and Moot Court competitions in particular as the most significant co-curricular activity. Every year, the college constitutes a Moot Court Society (MCS) and this year, it was constituted of 70 students including 14 nominated members and Dr. PriyaDhanokarasthe Faculty In-charge.

The endeavor for constitution of Moot Court Society began with organization of Intra College Moot Court Competition. As many as 135 aspiring students participated in it. The selection of the members of Moot Court Society was based on two rounds, Round –I (Oral Presentations), which was conducted on 28th July, 2018 and Round – II (Written Test), conducted on 1stAugust, 2018. The college also arranged Orientation Session on 12th July, 2018 wherein, alumni of our college, Adv. Anurag Mishra guided all the aspiring students in order to prepare for the said competition.The members of Moot Court Society participated in various International, National and State Level competitions and had a splendid success in all. Another significant endeavor of the Moot Court Society is the hosting of LokmanyaTilak National Appellate Moot Court Competition.

Lokmanya Tilak National Appellate Moot Court Competition

Carrying forward its legacy of last 10 years, the Moot Court Society of the college organized the 11th edition of LokmanyaTilak National Appellate Moot Court Competition on 22ndand 23rd February, 2019. The unique selling point of our competition is of being the only Appellate Moot Court Competition, in which, unlike any other moot court competition the problem is based on an actual Trial Court case. Ours is a unique style of mooting format at Appellate Level in both Civil and Criminal domains involving real life cases and arguments which expose the participants to a range of soft skills, which a professional practitioner is supposed to imbibe for his/her successful career.

This year, it was 11thedition of the LokmanyaTilak National Appellate Moot Court Competition and was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Shri. Shriniwas Agrawal, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Pune. Guest of Honourfor this inaugural session was, Dr. Sharad Kunte, Chairman, Deccan Education Society, Pune. After inauguration, the National Appellate Moot Court Competition was enhanced for two days. The competition commenced with the orientation of the participants, which was followed by the Preliminary Round. The participants were provided with a problem for this competition was based on real civil case. By making necessary changes, Civil Paper-book was prepared by the members of MCS and provided to the participants for the arguments.

The preliminary round advanced for the whole day. The result for the teams qualifying for the Semi-Final round was announced in the evening, which was followed by a feedback session from all the judges to the participants.

The Semi-Final and the Final rounds were scheduled on the second dayi.e. on 23rd February, 2019. At the end of qualifying round, four of the teams were qualified for the semi final round. Lastly, the teams qualified for finals were A.K.K. New Law Academy, Pune andShivaji Law College, Parbhani. Speakers from both the sides argued vehemently, rebutting each other’s arguments and answering the queries posed by the Judges. Dr. S.E. Avhad and Adv. UdayWarunjikar, presided over and judged the final round and witnessed a tough time while judging the same. After an interesting battle among the finalists, the judges ruled the case in favor of the respondents’ team, A.K.K. New Law Academy, Pune.

After the Final Round, there was a Valedictory and Prize Distribution function. The function was graced by Dr. S.E. Avhad sir as the Chief Guest and Adv. UdayWarunjikaras Guest of Honour.Both the dignitaries, through their address, enlightened the students about existing as well as future challenges infront the advocates as the professionals. The guests also guided the students to get prepared to cope up and withstand with said challenges. The function was concluded with the Prize Distribution Ceremony and the following awards were awarded by the dignatories.

Winning Team - A.K.K. New Law Academy, Pune

Runners-Up Team - Shivaji Law College, Parbhani

Best Advocate - RishikaNagpal form Symbiosis Law School, Pune.

Best Memorial - RishikaNagpal, LiyanaShaji, Nikita Mathew from Symbiosis Law School, Pune.

Judges for the Preliminary Round

  • Dr. Sheetal Babar
  • Adv. PradnyaHarshe
  • Adv. Vyoma Deshpande
  • Adv. OnkarKanbarkar
  • Adv. Atul Joshi
  • Adv. Anurag Mishra

Judges for the Semi-Final Round

  • Adv. Girish Shedge, (District and Sessions Court, Pune)
  • Adv. Prashant Mane, (District and Sessions Court, Pune)

Judges for the Final Round

  • Dr. S. E. Avhad, (Senior Lawyer, Pune.)
  • Adv. UdayWarunjikar, (Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court, Mumbai.)

The members of the Moot Court Society who represented the college in various competitions and their achievements for current academic year are:

1 6th Annual B.P. Apte Memorial National Mock Trial, Moot Court and Judgment Writing Competition, Mumbai 15th September 2019 Urbhi Agrawal ( B.A. LL.B. IV)
Yash S. Chavan (B.A. LL.B. III)
2 19thManikchandPahade Law College National Moot Court Competition, Aurangabad 21st and 22nd December, 2018 KaustubhMoghe( LL.B. III)
SiddharthKhandelwal(B.A. LL.B. V)
Namrata Gore(LL.B. II)
Finalists and Best Memorial
3 Astraea National Moot Court Competition organized by KES’s Shri J.H. Patel Law College, Mumbai 22nd – 24th February, 2019 ShalakaKarkar ( B.A. LL.B. III)
Aryan Rathod (B.A. LL.B. III)
AnuyaDeokar (B.A. LL.B. III)
4 13thShankarraoChavan Moot Court Competition YashChavan ( B.A. LL.B. III)
Adhit Kulkarni ( B.A. LL.B. III)
5 15th K.K. Luthra Memorial Moot Court Competition, 2019 18th – 20th January, 2019 ShreshLele (B.A. LL.B. V)
Varun Raghvan (B.A. LL.B. V)
ZeniaIrani (B.A. LL.B. III)
6 YashwantraoChavan Memorial Moot Court Competition organized by Y. C. Law College, Pune 1st and 2nd February, 2019 SiddarthNikam (B.A. LL.B. IV)
Parth Sharma (B.A. LL.B. IV)
PreetiGwalani (B.A. LL.B. II)
7 HasujiAdvani Memorial National Level Moot Court Competition organized by V.E.S. Law College, Mumbai 12th – 14th January, 2019 Madhusudan Lahoti (B.A. LL.B. IV)
Chaitanya Marne (B.A. LL.B. IV)
KritishBhandary (B.A. LL.B. IV)
Semi Finalist (Secured 3rd Rank)
8 3rd Symbiosis Law School National Moot Court Competition, Hyderabad, 2018 28th to 30th September, 2018 AmrutaKharade (B.A. LL.B. IV)
SaloniKedia (B.A. LL.B. IV)
Smita Gupta (B.A. LL.B. IV)
9 S.B. Mhase Moot Court Competition organized by New Law College, Ahamadnagar 23rd and 24th February, 2019 Bhakti Mutha (B.A. LL.B. V)
Anurag Tewari (B.A. LL.B. III)
Siddharth Kaushik ( B.A. LL.B. III)
10 3rd Vijay Chavan Memorial Moot Court Competition organized by BMCC, Pune 16th February, 2019 Pranav Deshmukh (B.A. LL.B. V)
YashwantThorat (B.A. LL.B. V)
Namrate Gore ( LL.B. II)
Participation and Best Advocate (Consolation) to Pranav Deshmukh
11 14th Dr. Annasaheb G D Bendale National Moot Court Competition organized by SS Maniyar Law College, Jalgaon 9th and 10th February, 2019 AmrutaKharade (B.A. LL.B. II)
NagbhushanHanagandi (B.A. LL.B. IV)
PradnyaKarandikar (B.A. LL.B. IV)
Quarter Finalists, Best Memorial, Best Female Advocate to AmrutaKharade
12 I M Nanavati National Moot Court Competition, organized by Gujrat Law School 18th-20th January, 2019 Bhakti Mutha (B.A. LL.B. V)
Chirag Dave (B.A. LL.B. V)
Anurag Tewari (B.A. LL.B. III)
Quarter Finalist
13 N. B. Thakur National Moot Court Competition, Nashik 12th and 13th January, 2019 Aditya Moghe (B.A. LL.B. II)
Tanisha Batra (B.A. LL.B. II)
PrajaktaPawar (B.A. LL.B. II)
14 Late KusumtaiChavan Memorial National Level Moot Court Competition, Nanded 23rd February, 2019 Adrian Abbi (LL.B. II)
Tanisha Batra (B.A. LL.B. IV)
SaloniKedia (B.A. LL.B. IV)
Participation and Finalists
15 2nd National Moot Court Competition, 2019 organized by Ajeenkya D.Y. Patil School of Law, Pune 8th February, 2019 AnuyaDeokar (B.A. LL.B. II)
NagbhushanHanagandi (B.A. LL.B. IV)
Parth Sharma (B.A. LL.B. IV)
16 Late Adv. K.B. Kayastha State Level Moot Court Competition, 2019 23rd February, 2019 Kanan Shah (B.A. LL.B. III)
Nikita Jadhav (B.A. LL.B. III)
PradnyaHarandikar (B.A. LL.B. IV)
Runners Up and Best Memorial
17 4th NLIU Justice R.K. Tankha International Moot Court Competition organized by NLIU, Bhopal 22nd to 24th February, 2019 Sarthak Mehta(B.A. LL.B. V)
YashwantThorat(B.A. LL.B. V)
ApoorvaMaheshwari(B.A. LL.B. IV)
Aditya Bendre(B.A. LL.B. III)
18 4th SLCU National Trial Advocacy and Judgement Writing Competition organized by School of Law, Christ University. 31st Jan to 02nd February, 2019 Sarthak Mehta (B.A. LL.B. V)
Siddharth Khandelwal (B.A. LL.B. V)
Apoorva Maheshwari (B.A. LL.B. IV)