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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 11

Moot Courts

Moot Courts.

That the students may be versed in the practice of Law, Moot Courts are held every Saturday morning. In these they are taught to apply legal remedies, page 35 according to the different forms of action; to bring suits, draw papers and pleadings, and take the various steps incident to bringing a cause to trial; then to try it according to the rules of evidence, including the arguments, charge, verdict, motion in arrest of judgment, writ of error, etc. Real cases are selected, and the forms and dignity of a real trial preserved. The trial takes place in the presence of the classes, whose memhers act respectively as counsel, jurors, witnesses and officers of the court, and before a Professor who sits as judge, with the double aim of illustrating the legal principles involved, and explaining the rules of practice. The exercise is always interesting and profitable.