Skip navigation


Court Room Advocacy

Jason Clayards and Michaela Pultr with winners Nassim Give and Nan Erb. Photo by Deborah Barker

Students of the Cayman Islands Law School (CILS) recently got a taste of court room advocacy as appellants and respondents took their places in a mock "Court of Appeal" for the annual Mooting Competition.

The finalists for the 2010 internal CILS competition were Nan Erb and Nassim Give representing the Respondents and Jason Clayards and Michaela Pultr representing the Appellants. Students argued their cases involving two grounds of appeal relating to a murder conviction. Legal argument focused on whether the defendant could rely on the defence of provocation and whether the defendant had legally caused or contributed to the death of the victim by his actions.

In a very closely fought competition, with strong performances by both teams, the Judge, Director of Legal Studies, Mr Mitchell Davies, ruled Nan Erb and Nassim Give to be the overall winners of the competition based upon their advocacy and presentation.

Each year CILS runs internal moot courts in order to give students the opportunity to develop their skills of presentation and persuasion. The students are given feedback on their efforts. Mr Davies praised the students for their commitment, preparation and performances. Recognizing that the students, all first years, are new to legal studies and that this is the first time that they have performed in this type of event, Mr Davies praised them for their confident and persuasive performances and hoped that they would compete again and consider taking part in overseas competitions which CILS participate in each year.

Mr. Davies also expressed the hope that this year's participants would encourage other students to take part in the future in this important educational experience. He also thanks Ms Deborah Barker, the Professional Practice Course leader at CILS, for all her hard work in ensuring the success of the competition this year.