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An issue presenting no real controversy.

Moot refers to a subject for academic argument. It is an abstract question that does not arise from existing facts or rights.

Moot court is a cocurricular or extracurricular activity in law school where students have the opportunity to write briefs and present oral arguments on hypothetical cases.


adj. 1) unsettled, open to argument, or debatable, specifically about a legal question which has not been determined by any decision of any court. 2) an issue only of academic interest. (See: moot point, moot court)


adjective abstract, academic, actionable, contentious, contestable, contested, controversial, controvertible, debatable, disputable, disputatious, doubtful, dubious, hypothetical, in dispute, in issue, in question, open to discussion, open to question, questionable, questioned, speculative, subject to controversy, suppositional, theoretical, uncertain, under discussion, undetermined, unsettled, untried
Associated concepts: academic question, moot appeal, moot case, moot controversy, moot court, moot question
See also: debate, dubious, equivocal, pose, posit, problematic, propound, undecided


an old English word for an assembly, but now the word is used only
1 as a noun to describe a legal argument not in a court of law, usually held for the purpose of legal education based on a tradition established in the English Inns of Court.
2 as an adjective, a point of law is often said to be moot if, raised in a litigation, the point does not any longer affect the decision in the case before the court.

MOOT, English law. A term used in the inns of court, signifying the exercise of arguing imaginary cases, which young barristers and students used to perform at certain times, the better to be enabled by this practice to defend their clients cases. A moot question is one which has not been decided.

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I've been at moots at other places where there will be twenty people in the room.
Whether they are rookies taking the podium through happenstance or seasoned advocates selected for their expertise, however, many lawyers choose to prepare for their arguments in the Supreme Court Moot Court Program at the Georgetown Law Center's Supreme Court Institute.
putting "five or six of the best legal minds in the city" on the panel for each moot.
Lazarus highlights the resulting diversity in its caseload, noting that</p> <pre> [i]n any one term we could be representing those who are challenging Nebraska's law restricting partial-birth abortions, and the next month we could moot an attorney
17) </pre> <p>The Program also avoids choosing sides by selecting moot panelists "from every conceivable ideological stratum.
If all the panelists agree with the advocate's position, he or she won't get a good sense of what to expect at the Court, says Phillips, who usually serves on one moot panel during each Court term.
20) </pre> <p>And Nina Pillard, who recently chose an Institute moot for her argument in a case that she knew would be "an uphill battle," specifically asked for one of the field's leading conservative thinkers to be on her moot panel.
Moots decides there isn't cause to take the boy from his parents, but she has to visit them anyway.
Moots, on the other hand, has run across parents who lacked the feelings toward their children everyone expects.
But for almost all parents, a visit from Moots, Wolf or any of their colleagues throughout the county is not an occasion for rejoicing, said Mary Longmire, a supervisor in the department's North Hollywood office.