Government Law College Thiruvananthapuram presents the 17th All India Moot Court Competition to be held from 2nd to 4th of February, 2023.

Government Law College Thiruvananthapuram presents the 17th All India Moot Court Competition to be held from 2nd to 4th of February, 2023.

About Justice VR Krishna Iyer

Justice V R Krishna Iyer was an Indian judge who became a pioneer of judicial activism. He pioneered the legal aid movement in the country. Before that, he was a state minister and politician. As an activist lawyer, he served jail terms for the cause of his poor and underprivileged clients. He was seen as an ardent human rights activist. In addition, he campaigned for social justice and the environment . A sports enthusiast and prolific author, he was conferred with the Padma Vibhushan in 1999. His judgements continue to be cited in the higher judiciary.

About GLC Thiruvanthapuram

Government Law College Thiruvananthapuram, entrenched in the glorious legacy of more than one hundred and forty years, is one of India's oldest institutes imparting legal education. The college is widely acclaimed for its international and national seminars, symposiums and workshops organized throughout the year, alongside the prestigious All India Moot Court Competition with a count of 16 exhilarating editions, the Alternate Dispute Redressal competition (ADR), and the Trial Advocacy Competition which elicits the participation of students from institutions across the country.

About Moot Court Society

The Moot Court Society has been in place for decades producing some of the country's finest lawyers. Government law college, Thiruvananthapuram is widely acclaimed for its All India Moot Court Competition with a count of 16 exhilarating editions and 9 stellar editions of Alternative Dispute Redressal (ADR) Competition and Trial Advocacy Competition. We are proud to announce the 17th edition of All India Moot Court Competition for the Justice Krishna Iyer Ever Rolling Trophy.


  • Dr. R Biju Kumar, Principal Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Dr. Anju Rajan, General Convenor, Moot Court Society
  • Mr. Viji S, General Coordinator, Moot Court Society
  • Dr. Meenakumary. S, Treasurer, Moot Court Society

Student Coordinators

  • Vivek V Rajan
  • Aswin S
  • Manu Krishna S K

About 17th All India Moot Court Competition

Moot court competition is one of the most exciting activities for law students where students can sharpen their skills for their future practice as lawyers. The purpose of the activity is to help law students understand how real courts function, their code of conduct and the use of formal language. Mooting is a great way to develop one's confidence, research, speaking and writing. Participating in moot court is not just great for budding advocates but also for future judges and arbitrators. Most universities hold inter-college and intra-college moot sessions that prepares students for their future endeavors.

Date and Venue

The 17th All India Moot Court Competition will be held from 2nd to 4th of February, 2023 in the Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram campus.


The Competition is open to all Law Colleges and Faculties/ Departments of Law in India, recognized by Bar Council of India. The participation is limited to the L.L.B students in both three year and five year schemes. Students pursuing post-graduation in law and students undergoing non-professional/ correspondence course are not eligible to participate in the competition.

Team Composition

Each institution participating in the competition can send a team comprising of a minimum of two or a maximum of three students. There can be two speakers and one researcher designated in each team. Teams shall identify the speakers and researcher during registration.

Registration Process

  1. The participating teams will have to register themselves through the link given herewith. The team should pay a registration fee of Rs. 3,500/- and furnish the details of the same through the registration form.
  2. The registrations will be allotted on a first come first serve basis. There shall be a cap of a total of 24 teams for the competition.
  3. A "team code" will be provided to each team and that code alone shall be marked on the memorial and no other indication should be made identifying the institution or the name of the participants.
  4. The participants shall wear the badge provided by the society throughout the duration of the competition.

Competition Format

  • The language of the Court shall be English.
  • The Inaugural ceremony and drawing of lots will be held on Thursday, 2nd February, 2023.
  • There will be two Preliminary rounds for argument followed by Quarter- Final, Semi-Final and the Final round.
  • Preliminary rounds will be held on 3rd February, Friday. Top Eight teams shall qualify for the Quarter-Finals. The Quarter-Finals will be held on the same day after concluding the Preliminary rounds.
  • The Quarter-Finals will be a knock-out round. Qualification to the Quarter-Finals will be based on the highest aggregate of score of the teams in the preliminaries (inclusive of memorial marks).
  • The Semi-Finals will be a knock-out round and will be held on the following day, 4th February.
  • The Finals will be held on the same day after the completion of the Semi Finals i.e., 4th February.
  • Each team is expected to be prepared with written memorials and oral arguments to represent either side of the case. The Court will follow the procedure within accepted norms of judicial practice and in case of doubt or dispute in the matter of procedure or facts; the decision of the presiding members of the committee of judges in each Court shall be final.
  • The participants will have to carry with them all necessary materials including books, reports, journals etc. True copies will be accepted. The Library of Govt. Law College, Thiruvananthapuram can be utilized for reference purpose only.
  • The dress code of the participants during the Court sessions is as provided below: -
    • Female participants: White saree and black blouse/ white salwar with black over coat/ black suit;
    • Male participants: White or black pants and white shirt with tie/ black suit.
  • Each team will be allotted 35 minutes to advance their arguments including rebuttal. The team members may divide the given time in such a way that each speaker shall not exceed 20 minutes or subceed 10 minutes.
  • The best researcher will be selected on the basis of an interview conducted on 3rd February by a panel of judges including eminent lawyers and academicians.

Memorial Guidelines

  1. Each team must prepare memorandums dealing with jurisdiction, issues involved in the problem, summary of arguments and arguments supported by authorities, conclusion and prayer for both the Petitioner's and Respondent's sides respectively. Memorandums must be in English. The body of the memorandum shall not exceed 25 typed pages. The cover page, table of contents, index of authorities, jurisdiction, statement of facts, annexure, appendices and back cover are not included in the above mentioned 25 pages. However, these 25 pages include questions presented, summary of pleadings, conclusions and foot notes. Any issue or pleading, not discussed within the body of the Memorandum shall not be permitted to be raised in the Court.
  2. Four hard copies of the memorial of the Petitioner's side and four hard copies of the memorial of the Respondent's side shall be submitted to the General Convenor of the moot court society via post, on or before 25th January, 2023.
  3. The teams shall submit soft copies of their written memorials by email on or before 20th January, 2023.
  4. Each day of delay shall entail a penalty of 1 mark each.
  5. The identity of the institution shall not be revealed anywhere in the memorial.
  6. Memorial's rule as to cover page: - Petitioner's side – Blue cover Respondent's side – Red cover

Judging Criteria

There shall be a committee of judges selected for each court from among a panel of judges constituted for this purpose which includes eminent judges, lawyers and academicians from all over India. The Finals will be presided over by a full bench of Hon'ble Judges of the High Court of Kerala. Each Court will award marks for oral arguments to each individual participant and team. Each individual's marks for oral arguments will be added with the memorandum marks to make the individual's marks out of 100. Out of 100 marks the division of marks for each individual participant is as follows:

  1. Written Memorandum -20 Marks
  2. Oral Arguments - 40 Marks

The distribution of marks for oral arguments is as follows:

  • Correct articulation of facts, factual analysis and use of evidence 5
  • Correct articulation of legal issues and analysis of issues 5
  • Knowledge of law and its interpretation 5
  • Skill of advocacy and persuasiveness 5
  • Response to questions 5
  • Use of authorities and citations 5
  • Court manners, Clarity, brevity and ingenuity 5
  • Language, style and General impression 5
    • Total (Out of 40 marks)
    • Total (Out of 40 marks) x 2 = Marks out of 80 for Oral Arguments
  • For the best researcher, the judging criteria shall be inclusive of marks secured for memorials added to the average marks provided by the expert panellists during researcher's interview.
  • Any dispute regarding the conduct of the competition will be referred to an APPELATE committee consisting of the Principal/Chairperson and three faculty members and their decision shall be final.
  • The teams should duly register and confirm their participation on or before November 30th, 2023 through the link provided below:
  • The individual registration form attached herewith should mandatorily be filled, signed and brought by the participants during the competition. The same should also be uploaded in the online registration form.
Registration Form: Click Here

Researchers Interview Guidelines

  • The Researcher's interview shall be conducted on 3rd February, 2023.
  • In a team consisting of 3 members, the member designated as the researcher shall take part in the interview.
  • In a team consisting of 2 members only, one of the speakers has to be designated as the researcher for the purpose of the interview and the same should be duly indicated in the registration form.

General Rules

  • Organisers imply the moot court society of the Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Competition means the 17th All India Moot Court Competition, 2023 for Justice V R Krishna Iyer Ever Rolling Trophy.
  • Participating team means the teams which have duly completed registration for the competition as per the rules given above. Participating college/institution/university shall be presumed to be the present institution of the participating team.
  • The rules of the Moot Court Competition shall be strictly adhered to and any deviation therefrom would attract disqualification or other penalties as decided by the organizers.
  • Decisions taken by organizers in case of any doubt, dispute, disqualification etc. shall be final.


  • Best Team/Winner
  • Runner up/Second Best Team
  • Best Speaker
  • Best Researcher Best Memorial
Exciting Cash Prizes and trophies await all winners!

Registration Process

  • All teams shall register through the Google Form given below:
Google Form: Click Here
  • Each individual participant shall upload the individual registration form attached herewith, and also present it to the Convenor, Moot Court Society, Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram at the time of the competition


General Etiquette

  • The participants are expected to behave in a dignified manner and not to cause any unnecessary inconvenience to the organizers. Distance is to be maintained from the judges during the Competition and also outside the court rooms.
  • The organizer's reserve the right to take appropriate actions for any unethical, unprofessional and immoral conduct.

Interpretation of the Rules

The organizer's decision as regards the interpretation of rules or any other matter related to the competition will be final.

If there is any situation which is not contemplated in the rules, the organizer's decision on the same shall be final.

The organizers reserve the right to vary, alter, modify, repeal any of the above rules if so required and as they may deem appropriate at any time during the competition.

Any dispute arising in the Moot court rooms during the rounds would be at the discretion of the presiding officer of the respective court room.

If there is any kind of conflict, the decision of the principal, Government Law College Trivandrum will be final.

Programme Schedule









Important Links


  • Dr. Anju Rajan, General Convenor, Moot Court Society +91 98951 93129
  • Dr. Meenakumary S, Treasurer, Moot Court Society +91 94953 85445
  • Mr. Vivek V Rajan, STUDENT COORDINATOR +91 94959 95773

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