The Analytical Hub of CHRIST (Deemed to be University)
from Friday, the 27th of March till Sunday, the 29th of
March, 2020 at the Lavasa Campus.
The Moot Court Society of the School of Law, Christ (Deemed to be University) Lavasa is a
community of law students, who nurture the idea of popularising Mooting activities among
students. The Society functions under the able guidance of faculty co-coordinators, and
comprises of dedicated students who work incessantly towards the achievement of new
heights in the arena of mooting.
The primary aim of the Moot Court Society is to provide all students of the School of Law,
Christ (Deemed to be University) Lavasa an opportunity to cultivate and foster research, oral
advocacy and legal drafting skills along with other essential skills required to mould an
individual into an adept mooter, and, by extension, a virtually invincible lawyer.
Performing in the Moot Courts is an intrinsic part of the School of Law, Christ (Deemed to be
University) Lavasa curriculum. The very existence of the Moot Court Society of the SoL CU
Lavasa is to garner the interests of students in the quintessential activity of mooting, which
develops the interest of students and aids in the attainment of an understanding of the
intricacies of the legal field.
In order to achieve this objective, the Moot Court Society organizes various events beginning
with the PRIMIS Moot Court Competition meant for all the novice mooters at the School of
Law Christ University as an “Intro-Moot” for the first years, and the THEMIS 2020 CHRIST
Lavasa National Moot Court Competition.
The Moot Court Society doesn’t limit itself to Intra-College activities and is known for
indulging itself in various Inter-College competitions at national and international levels.
The School of Law, Christ University, Lavasa conducted ‘The Primis Moot Court
Competition’ for the first-year Law students on 12th January 2020.
The event was graced with the presence of a team of legal practitioners from numerous law
firms, as well as several independent practitioners of the High Court of Bombay constituting
the esteemed panel of judges. The panel of judges for the moot court included Solicitor
Kamlesh Kharade, Solicitor Kamni Ahuja, Adv. Yuvaraj Singh, Adv. Sajal Yadav, Adv.
Mathew Antony, Adv. Harsh Buch, Adv. Vikram Kamath, Adv Ahtesham Thaver, Adv.
Kiran Padalkar, Adv. Preethi Brahmania, Adv. Gokul Narayan, Adv. Kavisha Shah and Adv.
Prashant Uchil along with esteemed faculty members namely Dr. Sunil John, Mr. Nishit
Chaki, Ms. Adya Antya.
The preliminary rounds of the PRIMIS 2020 commenced at 12:30 pm and was conducted in
eight courtrooms which had been arranged to perfection by the students and staff of Christ
(Deemed to be University) Lavasa within the classrooms of the campus. Each courtroom had
two assigned judges who adjudged the students based on their memorials and performance
and gave valuable feedback to the freshmen. The proceedings and etiquettes were well
maintained as mooting is a new field of practice that has been introduced to first-year law
aspirants. It is simultaneously a significant fragment from the perspective of academics,
co-curricular as well as practical applicability that may arise later in their career.
The 32 teams that participated comprised of the entire student body of the School of Law,
wherein the top eight teams were acknowledged and appreciated for their efforts and
exemplary presentation. The valedictory function was a grand event wherein the guests
addressed the students. Further, an interactive session was conducted and the students
actively interacted with the dignitaries.
Director & Dean, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Lavasa Campus, Rev. Dr Fr Jossy
George graced the occasion by felicitating the judges and extending a note of appreciation.
School of Law is grateful to Dr Fr Jossy for his wholehearted cooperation and appreciation.
Ms Reonia Mathew, the student Convener of the Moot Court Society, had then proposed a
vote of thanks to conclude the event. The students found it a great learning experience and
felt that the session taught them the nuances of a Moot Court. The entire activity was held in
high spirits and exhibited positivity and exuberance.
Named after the Greek Titaness, Themis, who is more commonly known as Lady Justice and
is the patron of divine law, order and customs, the School of Law, Christ (Deemed to be
University) Lavasa, is proud to host the THEMIS 2020 CHRIST LAVASA NATIONAL
MOOT COURT COMPETITION from Friday, the 27th of March till Sunday, the 29th of
March, 2020 at the Lavasa Campus, known for its salubrious weather, located along the
shores of the Dasave Lake, nestled betwixt the lush valleys of the Western Ghats of
Maharashtra, with Pune at a pleasant 65 kilometers drive away.
With the last date for registration being February 19th, 2020, the THEMIS 2020 is to be a
grand event, with a total of 32 teams participating from all around India, and is to be
adjudged by present practitioners renowned in the sphere of law. As per the format of Moot
Court competitions, the THEMIS 2020 is segregated into four rounds- the Preliminary
Round, the Quarter Final Round, the Semi Final Round and the Final Round.
(to be constructed)
THEMIS 2020 CHRIST Lavasa National Moot Court Competition
1. Kindia is positioned on the Hadenese subcontinent in south-central Luthania and is located in both the southern and northern hemisphere; Kindia is among the most populated countries of the world. Having gained independence a mere 70 years back, Kindia is among the largest and youngest democracies of the world placing special emphasis on personal liberty. Though an independent and sovereign country, the Kindian Constitution draws its inspiration from various countries.
2. Kindia shares its borders with 2 other countries, Bakistan on the Northwest and Mina on the Eastern side. Though Kindia has successfully maintained friendly relations with the 2 countries for the better half of 5 decades little was accomplished to tackle the smuggling of narcotic substances from Bakistan and Mina into Kindia. In order to combat the ever increasing menace of drugs Kindia enacted the NDPS Act which provides for stringent punishment and took a preventive theory of punishment in dealing with offences which come under the purview of the act.
3. In a survey conducted in the year 2011 it was found that Kindia has the highest corruption rate in the world. The country saw several processions against some corruption in the government and private sector however no tangible changes resulted from the same. Large amount of wealth was concentrated in the hands of a few while the others continued to spiral down in poverty.
4. In the year 2013 the central government published an order in the official gazette whereby:
“Notwithstanding anything in the Code or in any other law for the time being in force, the evidence collected through the interception of wire, electronic or oral communication under this section shall be admissible as evidence against the accused in the Court during the trial of a case :
Provided that, the contents of any wire, electronic or oral communication intercepted pursuant to this section or evidence derived therefrom shall not be received in evidence or otherwise disclosed in any trial, hearing or other proceeding in any Court unless each party, not less than ten days before the trial, hearing or proceeding, has been furnished with a copy of the order of the Competent Authority, and accompanying application, under which the interception was authorised or approved:
Provided further that, this ten days period may be waived by the judge, trying the matter, if he finds that it was not possible to furnish the party with the above information ten days before the trial, hearing or proceeding and that the party will not be prejudiced by the delay in receiving such information.
Explanation.—For the purposes of this section—
a) ‘wire communication’ means any aural transfer made in whole or part through the use of facilities for the transmission of communications by the aid of wire, cable or other like connection between the point of origin and the point of connection, between the point of origin and point of reception (including the use of such connection switching station) and such term includes any electronic storage of such communication;
b) ‘oral communication’ means any oral communication uttered by a person exhibiting an expectation that such communication is not subject to interception under circumstances justifying such expectation, but such term does not include any electronic communication;
c) ‘electronic communication’ means any transfer of signs, signals, writings, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo optical system that affects inland or foreign commerce but does not include—
i) the radio portion of a cordless telephone communication that is transmitted between the wireless telephone hand-set and the base unit;
ii) any wire or oral communication;
iii) any communication made through a tone only paging device; or
iv) any communication from a tracking device;
v) ‘intercept’ means the aural or other acquisition of the contents by wire, electronic or oral communication through the use of any electronic, mechanical or other device.”
5. Under the aforesaid law the police started cracking down on the illicit trade in narcotics and psychotropic substances and 100 of suspects came to be convicted based on their telephonic conversation. To a large extent the vice grip which drug trade had in urban areas was effectively exhumed however it was observed that 35 percent of NDPS cases which resulted in a conviction by the Special Courts were overturned on appeal.
6. On 27th October, 2018 Additional Commissioner of Police Rahimatullah Sayyed received a tip that a Nigerian national Mr. Zico was supplying drugs to college students.Mr. Zico had prior antecedents of theft and gracious hurt in which he was acquitted. Accordingly the police started intercepting Mr.Zicos telephone calls to which they were upraised that a drug transaction was to take place DB marg road in Mumbai on 1st November, 2018 at around 9:45pm. Accordingly, a team of NCB officers went to the spot at 7:30 and upraised 2 respectable locals of the raid requesting them to act as panch witnesses to which they agreed.
7. At around 09:45 PM Mr. Zico was spotted on an Activa bearing registration MOH4872 to which he was stopped and the police introduced themselves as NCB offices, further they also upraised him of their suspicions and informed him that he has the right to be searched in the presence of a gazetted officer or a Magistrate which he declined. Upon conducting his search the police recovered white coloured powdered substance which they tested in the spot kit. The substance tested positive for cocaine upon which it was sealed under the NCB seal and the same was signed the the panch witnesses and the senior P.I.
8. The spot panchnama was completed by 11:45 PM and Mr. Zico was taken into custody for offence under Section 8(c) read with Section 28 of NDPS Act wherein he confessed that he had taken the drugs for the purpose of sale to an unknown college college students who were to approach him by 10pm. Mr. Zico was granted JC by the special court on 2nd November, 2018 however his bail application came to be rejected. Mr. Zico filed a fresh bail application before the Hon'ble High Court and the same came to be rejected on the ground that the twin conditions for bail could not be satisfied in view of the interceptions and the confession.
9. Mr. Zico filed an SLP against the order of the Hon'ble High Court. Leave is granted and the matter is at final argument stage.
1) Whether the notification authorizing wire interception is constitutionally valid?
2) Whether a statement amounting to confession under section 67 of NDPS Act is constitutionally admissible in evidence?
3) Whether the twin conditions for bail under Section 37 of NDPS Act are constitutionally valid?
Laws of Kindia are pari-materia to India
A. The Themis 2020 Moot Court Competition will be held at the School of
Law, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Lavasa, Pune from Friday, the
27th of March till Sunday, the 29th of March, 2020.
B. The Competition aims at providing an opportunity to law students
across the country to practise and expand their knowledge of law. It
provides a platform for students to compete in a simulated proceeding.
The competition is carefully structured to judge not only theoretical
knowledge but also practical skills of the participating teams.
C. Registration form will be released on Sunday, the 19th of January,
2020, 12:00 am and registrations shall be allowed until Wednesday, the
19th of February, 2020.
D. Materials relevant to the administration of the Competition will be
posted on the official website and Lawctopus.
E. Dress Code shall be Advocates attire (Black and white).
F. Language shall be Formal English only.
G. Teams shall not be allowed to observe the oral arguments of another
team, unless they have been officially knocked-out of the competition.
Scouting is strictly prohibited. Scouting by any team shall entail
H. Participation in this competition as a team member or in any other
capacity constitutes consent to be recorded, including without
limitation by audio, video, and still images. Participants are to
understand that such recordings may be distributed by means of a
variety of media, formats, and contexts, and that this may occur during
the competition and thereafter. It is presumed that the participants
waive all claims for any compensation and for any damages or other
remedies in connection with such recordings and the use thereof.
A. Students pursuing 3 years/ 5 years LL.B. degree course are eligible
to participate in this competition.
B. Only one team can participate from each institution.
C. The team registration is to be confirmed on the basis of the
memorial's merit. The same will be notified by Tuesday, the 25th of
February, 2020, through electronic mail. Selected teams must confirm
their participation by Saturday, February 29, 2020, by sending an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
D. A sum total of Rs. 5000/- is to be deposited on or before Saturday, 29
February 2020, wherein a deposit of Rs. 500/- is to be made by
Wednesday, 19 February 2020 and the remaining sum of Rs. 4500/- can be
submitted upon memorial selection on or before Saturday, 29 February
2020. The payment is to be made in favour of CHRIST (Deemed to be
University) Lavasa via the issuance of a Demand Draft. For an online
transfer the details required are Address, College Name, College
Address along with an email Id. The online payment is to be done
through the payment portal (
CHRIST (Deemed to be
A. The Competition will be structured as per the following format: -
1. Preliminary Rounds
2. Quarter Final Rounds
3. Semi Final Rounds
4. Final Round
The team composition, for the competition, shall comprise of three
members (two of them shall be designated as Speakers and one
Researcher). The Researcher may be permitted to argue as Speaker in
case of illness or any unforeseen event, but the permission of the Moot
Court Convener in such case shall be mandatory.
A. Teams may request clarifications and corrections by sending an email
to the organising committee at :-
B. The last date for seeking clarification with reference to the moot
proposition is Thursday, 20 February 2020.
A. Each Team participating in the Competition must prepare one
Petitioner and one Respondent Memorial.
B. The memorials are to be submitted on or before Saturday, 22 February
2020, 11:59 pm
D. Teams may resubmit their Memorials without penalty until the
Memorial deadline has passed. After the Memorial submission deadline,
resubmitted Memorials will be subject to a deduction in points.
E. The following format is to be adhered to while drafting the
1. Font and Font Size (General) - Times New Roman, 12
2. Line Spacing (General) - 1.5 lines
3. Font and Font Size (Footnotes) - Times New Roman, 10
4. Line Spacing (Footnotes) - Single line
5. Page Margins - 1 inch on all sides
6. The Hard Copies of the Memorial shall be printed on only one side.
7. The citation should be in compliance with the 20th edition of the
8. Soft Copies of the Memorial must be submitted by all teams in .pdf
format on or before the last date of submission.
9. Hard Copies of the Written Submission/ Memorial must reach the
CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Lavasa on or before 26 February 2020
at CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Pune Lavasa Campus, Address 30
Valor Court, Dasve Cir, Lavasa, Maharashtra -412112.
The Appellant's memorial must have a BLUE cover page and the Respondent's
memorial RED cover page.
No part of the memorial should contain the name of the Law School/University or the team members.
12. The decision of the judges with respect to the scores shall be
final. The decision of the organizers with respect to penalties shall
also be final.
13. Neither the name of the institution nor the participants must not
appear anywhere in the Memorial. However, a covering letter having the
name of the institution and other mailing details need to be enclosed
along with the memorials.
A Memorial may not be corrected, revised, or supplemented after 22 February 2020
By submitting Memorials, teams are understood to have consented to the
publication of their Memorials online and in print, and
have assigned copyright ownership to CHRIST (Deemed to be
16. The Hard Copy of the memorial must be spiral bound .
F. The contents of the memorial shall include the following:-
1. Cover Page - The cover page shall contain the title of the case,
side (petitioner/respondent) of the memorial, year of competition, the
name of the Court. The cover page shall be blue for the petitioner and
red for the respondent respectively.
2. Table of Contents
3. List of Abbreviations
4. Index of Authorities
5. Statement of Jurisdiction
6. Statement of Facts (upto 950 words)
7. Issues Raised
8. Summary of Arguments (upto 650 words)
9. Pleadings /Arguments Advanced ( upto 2500 words)
G. Marking scheme:-
1. Late Submission (Soft Submission ) - Disqualification of the team
2. Violation of any other formatting rule or submission rule (-1) per
3. Plagiarism- All Memorials will be put through a plagiarism check. If
any Memorial is found to exceed the plagiarism limit of 03.00% it shall
be subjected to (-10).
The "Researcher's Test" shall take place on 27 March 2020 following the
registration of teams. Only the Researcher, as indicated in the team
registration form, shall take the researcher's test. The speaker can
only take the researcher's test if the team comprises of two speakers
only, which shall be communicated well in advance. The test shall be
limited to the general understanding of law and to the moot
1. Draw of Lots: The match up of teams in Preliminary Rounds shall be
determined on the basis of draw of lots. Draw of lots and Memorial
Exchange shall take place on March 27, 2020.
2. Preliminary Rounds
a) The preliminary rounds will be held on March 28, 2020. The
Preliminary rounds shall comprise of two rounds of oral arguments
subject to the drawing of lots. In the preliminary rounds, each team shall have to
argue twice, once as a petitioner and the other as a respondent.
b) Each team will get a total of 20 minutes to present their case. This
time will include rebuttal and sur-rebuttal time (if permitted by the
judge(s)). The division of time per speaker is left to the discretion
of the team subject with a minimum of 7 minutes per speaker and not
more than 10 minutes per speaker. Rebuttals can be assigned a time
period of not more than 3 minutes.
c) Maximum scores for the oral rounds shall be 50 points per speaker
d) No two Teams will argue against each other more than once in the
e) A Team's oral pleadings are not in any way limited to the scope of
the Team's Memorial. The scope of the Applicant's rebuttal is limited
to responding to the Respondent's primary oral pleadings, and the scope
of the Respondent's sur-rebuttal is limited to responding to the
A. All participants should carry their College/ University Identity Cards at the time of
registration at the CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Lavasa on March 27, 2020 as well as at all times thereafter,
during the competition.
B. At the time of registration at the College campus, the Committee
will issue a specific team code to each team. All communication must be
made in reference this team code.
C. According to the Anonymity Rule, the Bench and the other teams shall
not be aware of the details or information regarding the registered
teams or their College/University of origin.
D. In this regard, teams are prohibited from and should be careful with
respect to disclosing their identities or that of their
College/University to anyone except the Committee. They are only
allowed to reveal their team codes to the Bench.
E. For breaches of the Anonymity Rule that occur in or outside of the
Oral Pleading Session, the penalty will be at the discretion of the
1. The oral arguments made by the teams shall be judged in accordance
with the following criteria:
Application of law
Persuasiveness and advocacy
Response to questions
Presentation and speaking ability
2. Quarter Final Rounds:-
a) The Quarter Final Rounds shall also take place on March 28, 2020.
The Teams qualifying to the Quarter Finals shall be on the basis of
Oral arguments presented during the Preliminary Rounds.
b) Each team will get a total of 25 minutes to present their case which
will include rebuttal and sur-rebuttal time (if permitted by the
c) The match up of teams in Quarter Final Rounds shall be determined on
the basis of draw of lots.
3. Semi Final Rounds:-
a) The Semi Final rounds shall comprise of Four Teams. The Semi Final
rounds shall take place on March 28th, 2020.
b) The winner of the Quarter Final rounds shall be declared qualified
for the Semi Final Rounds.
c) The match up of teams in Semi Final Rounds shall be determined on
the basis of draw of lots. Each team will get a total of 35 minutes to
present their case which will include rebuttal and sur-rebuttal time
(if permitted by the judge(s)).
4. Final Rounds:-
a) The Final Rounds shall also take place on March 29,2020. The two
teams who are declared as the winners of the Semi Final Rounds shall be
deemed to be qualified for the Final Rounds
b) Each team will get a total of 40 minutes to present their case which
include rebuttal and sur-rebuttal time (if permitted by the judge(s)).
c) The Winner of the Final Round shall be declared as the Winner of the
a) In case a tie takes place in the Quarter Final, Semi Final or Final
Rounds, the marks of the Preliminary Rounds shall be the basis for
deciding the winner.
b) The decision of the judges with regard to the outcome of the rounds
shall be final.
LAST DAY OF REGISTRATION FOR THE MOOT
19 FEBRUARY 2020
LAST DATE TO SUBMIT CLARIFICATIONS
20 FEBRUARY 2020
LAST DATE OF MEMORIAL SUBMISSION
22 FEBRUARY 2020
ANNOUNCEMENT OF QUALIFIED TEAMS
25 FEBRUARY 2020
LAST DATE OF FEE PAYMENT
29 FEBRUARY 2020
(RS. 500/- TO BE SUBMITTED WITH THE
REGISTRATION FORM ON OR BEFORE 19
FEBRUARY 2020. THE REMAINING RS. 4500/- TO BE SUBMITTED
BY 29 FEBRUARY 2020)
LAST DATE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF
29 FEBRUARY 2020
1. The Organizers will provide accommodation, meals and refreshments to
all the members of the participating teams for the duration of the
Competition i.e. from Friday, 27th March, 2020 to Sunday, 29th March, 2020.
A photo ID issued by the Government must be carried by
participants to avail accommodation during the event as per Government regulations.
1. All participants shall conduct themselves in a responsible and
professional manner throughout the competition.
2. Any form of scouting by the teams or their coaches/observers will
result in immediate disqualification.
3. The organizing committee reserves the right, at its sole discretion,
to take appropriate action for any unethical, unprofessional and
wrongful conduct during the entire period of the Competition.
1. The Committee will make all necessary interpretations and
clarifications of the moot problem and/or the Rules and Regulations.
2. The Committee will inform the participating teams of the questions
and answers by posting interpretations vide email. Such interpretations
will be final. All requests for interpretation should be sent to
Subject line to read: Request for Interpretation.
3. The organizing committee's decision as regards the interpretation of
these rules or any other matters related to the Moot Court competition
shall be final and binding. If there is any situation, which is not
covered by these rules, the decision of the organizing committee shall
4. The organizing committee reserves the right to amend, modify or
repeal any of the rules if so required and as they deem appropriate.
Participating teams shall receive adequate notice of any/all such
amendments or modifications to the rules.
The competition embraces following awards:
1. Best Team :The winning team of the Themis 2020 National Moot Court
Competition will be awarded with a certificate, a trophy and a cash
prize of Rs. 40,000/-
2. Runners Up : The Runners up team for the Themis 2020 National Moot
Court Competition will also be awarded a certificate, trophy and a cash
prize of Rs. 20,000/-
3. Best Researcher : There will be a Best Researcher
prize, based on a researcher's test. The will cash prize of Rs. 5000/-
awarded. The Researcher Test would be held on Tuesday , March 27th, 2020
after the Registration at the venue
4. Best Speaker : A prize of Rs. 5000 /- will be awarded to the
participant who is adjudicated to have performed best during her/his
oral presentations. The Best Speaker will be awarded a
trophy and a cash prize.
[Moot Court Student President]: 9930729625
2. CHHAVI PATHAK: 9718742311
3. K. MANEESH: 8755680935
4. NEELANGSHU BAGCHI: 9830653412
Teams must note that upon selection for the further rounds of
The Themis 2020 National Moot Court Competition 2019-2020, any
team that defaults in paying the registration fees by the given
date shall be replaced by the team serially succeeding them in
Student Vice President
Theresa Ann Joseph
Kaniganti Maneesh Mahinvith
Organizing Committee Members for Themis 2020
Ajay Thakur, Sanjana Roy
Satarupa Goswami, Abhimnayu P Raja
Neena Ann Varghese, Kamala Nanda
Adhira Satyasheelan, Srijoy Mukherjee
Sandhya Balaji, Divyam Kandoi
Nikhil Bobby Mohan
The Registration Form for the THEMIS 2020 CHRIST LAVASA NATIONAL MOOT COURT
COMPETITION was released on Sunday, the 19th of January, 2020, 12:00 am, and the registrations
shall be allowed until Wednesday, the 19th of February, 2020.
All Participating Teams are required to fill the details in this form in block
letters, scan and email a soft copy to email@example.com on
or before 19 February 2020. The payment for the registration is to be made in favour
of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Lavasa via the issuance of a Demand Draft. For an
online transfer the details required are Address, College Name, College Address along with
an email Id. The online payment is to be done through the payment portal ( CHRIST(
Deemed to be University ), Lavasa ) .