Freshers Participate in Kovsie Moot Court Competition

Kosvie Moot Competition
Kosvie Moot Competition participants, from left, Ms Laila Brand, Ms Cashmia Singh, and Ms Nonhlanhla Mamba with Mr Nathan Chetty (back) from the School of L

Four first-year students at UKZN’s School of Law showcased their talents at the 19th Annual Kovsie Moot Court Competition. The prestigious event was held at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein by the University of the Free State (UFS), with participants from different universities.

Representing UKZN were the winners of the Howard College First-Year Internal Moot Court Competition, Ms Laila Brand and Mr Nathan Chetty with Ms Nonhlanhla Mamba and Ms Cashmia Singh from the Pietermaritzburg campus who were selected following an interview process and received training.

Lecturer in the School of Law Mr Matthew Kimble said the competition was an opportunity for these budding legal scholars to refine their advocacy skills while aligning with the University’s goal of developing high potential students into globally aware professionals and leaders.

He added, ‘The format for the competition was that teams had to submit two sets of heads of argument (one for the applicant and one for the respondent) on the basis of a set of fictional facts. They then argued for each side in the preliminary rounds and the four teams with the highest average score (heads of argument and oral submissions combined) progressed to the semi-finals.’

‘This experience not only deepened our comprehension of courtroom dynamics but also enhanced our skills in mooting and legal interpretation,’ said Brand.

While the competition served as a confidence boost for Mamba, Singh said the highlight was receiving motivation and advice on how to balance life as an aspiring legal practitioner.

‘It was a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience and opportunity to learn invaluable legal skills from various judges of the Supreme Court,’ she added.

Chetty said it was an honour to represent UKZN at the competition. ‘It gave us a taste of what being in the legal profession entails. Being personally commended by each of the justices for our arguments and our courtroom demeanour was a highlight.’

Words: Samukelisiwe Cele
Photographs: Supplied

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