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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.

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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)

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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.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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* The principal members of the moot panel should have no prior knowledge about the case, and the appellate team should not discuss the case with the moot judges ahead of time.
* The moot panel must read the briefs, key cases, and order or opinion being reviewed.
* Three moot judges is usual for a practice session, but a moot can be done with fewer, or more, practice panel members.
* The moot panel can include lawyers who have worked on the case, but they should be careful to defer to the "outside" moot judges until the "outside" judges' questioning has concluded.
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(24.) A full nine is not necessary, Lazarus says, and a moot with that many panelists could turn into a "flee-for-all." "I've been at moots at other places where there will be twenty people in the room." he says, "and it looks like a presidential press conference." Lazarus Interview, supra n.
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.
The Institute's Moot Court Program was founded only in 1999, (5) yet two-thirds of all cases argued before the Court in at least one recent Term were mooted at the Institute.
(8) </pre> <p>As Vladeck points out, the Institute is able to call upon "the absolute top tier of the appellate bar in Washington, D.C.," putting "five or six of the best legal minds in the city" on the panel for each moot. (9)
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