Moot Court Provincial Round, September 2014

On Saturday, 13 September, we took part for the first time in the Provincial Round of the National Schools Moot Court Competition. This involved presenting both sides of the same fictional court case, involving constitutional principles, as if we were arguing in the Constitutional Court. Our two representatives (or counsel correctly named) were Hayley Knol (Grade 11) and Rebekah Nathan (Grade 10).

The event took place at the Cape Town Magistrates’ Courts in the city centre from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Our girls argued fluently and eloquently and dealt most impressively with the questions posed directly to them by the Judges, who were practising lawyers playing the role of Constitutional Court judges.

At the end of a long day, the adjudicators announced the results. Four schools were to go through to the national finals in Pretoria and Johannesburg next month, with the finals to be held in the Constitutional Court itself. They were announced in strict alphabetical order: Grassdale, Hermanus, Springfield, and Wynberg Girls’ High School! The two top speakers were also named. Our own Rebekah Nathan was given the title First Oralist, that is Best Speaker!

We now proceed to the national semi-finals and finals to be held in Pretoria and Johannesburg on 11-12 October.