Competition Information

RULES, REGULATIONS & FORMAT


The participation in the competition shall be restricted to 8 teams only. The procedure for selection of the 8 teams has been elaborated hereinafter. Kindly confirm your participation at the earliest.


Date and Venue:

The D.E.S. National Judgment Analysis Competition shall be conducted on the 12th & 13th February, 2011 at the D.E.S. Law College Auditorium, Fergusson College Road, Pune.


Team Composition:

Each team shall consist of 3 members, i.e. 2 speakers and 1 researcher.


Language:

The competition shall be in English only.


Dress Code:

Suitable professional formal attire.


Structure of the Competition & method of shorlisting of teams:


Case Selection:

  1. Participants must select one distinguishing judgment from that High Court inside the territorial jurisdiction of which the participants' law school is situated.

    For example, if a student from DES Law College, Pune, were to select a judgment, such a case must have been tried in the Bombay High Court, since Pune falls within the territorial jurisdiction of the Bombay High Court.

    Also, if any appeal(s) against the judgment in such a case was made to the Supreme Court, then the judgment must have been upheld by the Supreme Court.

    Note: Cases in which the judgment was overruled or reversed on appeal are not within the scope of this competition.

    Note: Cases in which the judgment is currently the subject matter of an appeal are also not within the scope of this competition.

  2. The selected case must involve significant interpretation/application of Constitutional provisions, and may also additionally involve aspects pertaining to one of the following subjects in law:

    1. Crimes (not including repealed or special acts such as TADA, POTA)

    2. Contract

    3. Tort
      Note: Significant interpretation/application of Constitutional provisions is mandatory.


Structure of Analytical Paper:


  1. Cover Page (including case name & citation)
    - must be red if the case primarily involves criminal & consitutional provisions of law
    - must be
    blue if the case primarily involves contract & consitutional provisions of law
    - must be
    green if the case primarily involves tort & consitutional provisions of law
    - must be
    white if the case involves purely consitutional provisions

  2. Table of contents

  3. Statutes (including sections) involved.

  4. Brief summary of facts (not exceeding 350 words)

  5. Abstract of Analysis (not exceeding 350 words)

  6. Analysis (not exceeding 2500 words)
    - include sub-index of sections of analysis that you have created;
    - mandatory sub-sections that must be included are:
    4.1
    Introduction
    ... ...
    ... ...
    4.x
    Conclusion
    - marks will be deducted in case of failure to include mandatory sub-sections;

  7. Index of Authorities
    - including case law, bibliography, publications, weblinks etc.
    - not including authorities cited in the judgment itself

  8. Text of Judgment


Format:

  1. Font: Times New Roman.

  2. Font size:

    • for headings: 16 or 14, bold.

    • for text: 12 with double spacing.

    • for footnotes: 10 with single spacing.

  3. Pages must have a one inch margin on all sides.

  4. Header at the top-left of the page should be in italics and as follows:
    Case short title, Year of Case

    Page numbering should be at the bottom, right hand corner of each page, preceeded by a footer in italics at the bottom left, as follows:

    DES National Judgment Analysis Competition, Year Pg. No.(non-italic, bold)


    The hard copy has to be submitted on typed A 4 size paper printed on both sides.


Analysis Paper Judgment Criterion:


The scheme of awarding marks to the analysis paper is as follows:


Sr.

Criteria

Marks (Total 150)


Choice of Case

10


Facts of Case

Clear, concise and unambiguous

10


Abstract of Analysis

20


Language Proficiency

- Clear, concise, grammatically correct and unambiguous writing style

- Forceful and persuasive presentation

10


Knowledge of Law

including, but not limited to:

  • Understanding & interpretation of essential legal issues

  • Effective use of authority & facts to support arguments

  • Determination & utilization of applicable legal maxims/doctrines

10


Logical progression of ideas

10


Analytical skill


  • Evaluation of circumstances surrounding the case, e.g socio-political, economic circumstances, etc.

  • Understanding of strengths and weaknesses of statutes involved

  • Originality in analysis and arguments as clearly distinguishable from the judgment itself

  • Conclusion

70


15


15

10


30


Formatting

including, but not limited to:

  1. Neatness, legibility, no typos or format errors

  2. Proper use of citations and citation form

  3. Footnotes

10



Analysis Visual Presentation Judgment Criterion:

The scheme of awarding marks to the analysis visual presentation of the paper is as follows:


Sr.

Criteria

Marks (Total 100)

1.

Presentation of Facts

10

2.

Logic & clarity in reasoning

10

3.

Persuasiveness and deference to Panel

10

4.

Articulate and systematic analysis of the issues arising out of facts

20

5.

Understanding of the laws of evidence and procedure

20

6.

Ability to adequately field queries from the Panel (Q & A)

30


Visual Presentation Rules:

  1. 40 minutes are available to each team for visually presenting their analysis

    • 15 minutes each are to be utilized by the two speakers on the team for presentation

    • The remaining 10 minutes are reserved for Q & A by the panel

  1. Teams may utilize a projector for the purpose of visual presentation. The organizers will provide a projector at the venue for use by all teams.

  2. Teams will not be allowed to observe the visual presentations of any other teams. Scouting in all forms is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification


General Rules:

  1. Once the analysis paper has been submitted, no revisions, supplements, or additions will be allowed.

  1. Identity of the institution shall not be revealed anywhere inside the analysis paper. Violation of this provision shall result in penalty including disqualification.

  2. The ruling(s) of the Competition Committee shall be final & binding upon all participants, and are not subject to challenge or review.

Determination of Winners:

  1. The top 2 scoring teams with the highest totals will be declared winners

  2. Total marks will be calculated as the sum of

    • the marks obtained in written presentation, and

    • the marks obtained in visual presentation


Deadlines:

  • Case Name: The selected case name & citation must be communicated to the Competition Committee on or before 3 pm, 5th January, 2011, via email to 'desnatjac@gmail.com' (Subject: Case Name). The list of cases selected by various colleges will be displayed on the competition website as & when submitted.
    (Website: https://sites.google.com/site/desnjac/)

  • Final Analysis Paper Hard Copy: Three hard copies must be submitted to the organizers at the college address latest by 3:00 pm on 15th January, 2011. Hard copies must be submitted in an envelope mentioning the name of the college.

  • Soft Copy: In Microsoft Word format and PDF should be mailed to desnatjac@gmail.com


Awards:

  1. Best Team- Trophy and Cash Prize of Rs. 10,000 /-

  2. Second Best Team- Trophy and Cash Prize of Rs. 7,000 /-

  1. Best Student Analyst- Trophy and Cash Prize of Rs. 5,000 /-

  1. Second Best Student Analyst- Trophy and Cash Prize of Rs. 3,000 /-


Accommodation

Accommodation shall be provided on prior request. Colleges opting for the same shall be provided with accommodation on Friday the 11th, Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th of February 2010. Teams will be expected to vacate the accommodation facilities prior to check-out time on Monday, 14th February, 2011.

Note: The teams which would like to avail of the accommodation facility must indicate such a requirement in the registration form and via email to desnatjac@gmail.com (sub: Accommodation)


Registration

The completed form should be sent along with a demand draft of Rs. 1,500/- in the name of

The Principle, D.E.S Law College”.

The registration form along with the demand draft should reach D.E.S. College of Law latest by 5th January, 2011 by 3.00 PM on the following address :-


D.E.S. Law College,

Gate no. 3,

Fergusson College Campus,

Fergusson College Road,

Pune – 411004.


In addition, please e-mail the form to ‘desnatjac@gmail.com’.

Please Note - Participation will be confirmed only on receipt of the Registration form

and the demand draft.


 REGISTRATION FORM

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Name of the Institution: _______________________________________________________.

Address: ___________________________________________________________________.

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Email: _____________________________________________________________________.


Name and contact details of faculty in charge: _____________________________________.

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Accommodation Required (Please encircle):          Yes                    No



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