First Moot Court Competition Inaugurated at AMU
For the first time in the history of Aligarh Muslim University, Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University organized a two-day National Sir Syed Moot Court Competition-2015. The legal battle amongst 24 teams from all over the country started here today. Justice Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui, former Judge of Allahabad High Court and presently Chairman of the Industrial Tribunal, Lucknow inaugurated the event. AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Udin Shah presided over the inaugural session.
Paying rich tributes to the founder, Justice Siddiqui said that “Sir Syed not only founded an institution but initiated a movement which later transformed into a modern institution and organizing the Moot Court competition in his name is in fact acknowledging his scholarly pursuits and vision”.
Justice Siddiqui said that law is mother of all sciences because it is based on common sense. He said that delivering justice was the most difficult task and legal knowledge and ability to apply the common sense was the crux of the matter. Referring to the Moot Court practice, he pointed out that it provided a platform to practice proper language and apply correct legal terminologies. He said that a lawyer had to learn how to present a case in a decent manner as it greatly helped to win the discretion of the court in his favour. He said that “a lawyer may not know how to speak but he should know where to stop.”
Referring to Indian scenario, Justice Siddiqui lamented that “elite bureaucrats” were widening the gap between the public and the Government and judges had a greater role to bridge this gap and ensure justice to common people.
Justice Siddiqui said that participation in Moot Courts helped law graduates to cultivate self possession, fluency, clarity of enunciation, practice of court procedure and experience in the art of persuasion and presenting cases.
In his presidential address, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen Zameer Uddin Shah said that “practical training is a step towards how to be a professional and moot court is an ideal training for the students aspiring to be lawyers.” He emphasized that four professions, armed forces, medicine, teaching and profession of law needed a calling (an inner voice) where money does not matter but the honour is at stake.
Gen. Shah advised the students to have correct references, knowledge of English language, communicative skills and ability to convince judges and finally to speak truth.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Prof. Iqbal Ali Khan, Dean, Faculty of Law said that organizing Moot Courts in every law school has become indispensable because it is a part and parcel of undergraduate programmes. He said that in a Moot Court, the law students are practically taught honesty of purpose, industrious engagement, rendering justice as a judge and helping to tender justice as an Advocate. He said service of society with a philosophical free thinking and ability to solving legal problems was an inherent part of legal training.
Dr. Javaid Talib, Convener of the programme, proposed a vote of thanks. He said that the final rounds of the competition will be held on March 29 and Justice R. D. Khare, Judge, Allahabad High Court will judge the event.
Organizing Secretaries Dr. Mohammad Tariq and Dr. Hashmat Ali Khan, along with other faculty members were present on the occasion.