Nkumba University Law students showcased their legal prowess yesterday during a moot court session at the Entebbe Chief Magistrate Court, presided over by her lordship Stella Maris.
The court simulation began with a compelling case involving the petitioners’ challenge to certain provisions within the State of Verodonia’s Anti-terrorism Act.
Counsel for the petitioner argued that the Act’s provisions assented to by the President of Verodonia, infringed upon the fundamental rights to freedom of expression.
Kasiita Fred, the Lead Counsel for the petitioner, expressed his optimism, stating, “I believe our case against this Act is solid.”
The Attorney General of the State of Verodonia, Counsel Ojambo Steven Odemo, countered this claim, emphasizing the Act’s core purpose, which is to strike a balance between national security and the protection of citizens’ freedom of expression, “While the Act imposes strict regulations on assemblies, it prioritizes the security of all Verodonia residents.”
Her Lady Justice Stella Marris commended both sides for their outstanding arguments, stating, “You both delivered compelling arguments, which is very important for your learning.” However, she offered a valuable piece of advice, cautioning both sides to maintain procedural integrity. “Always ensure that your submissions align with what you’ve presented to the court; never introduce anything outside your filed submission.”
The verdict was in favor of the petitioner, earning the side 135 U. S Dollars.
In a reflection on the importance of moot courts, the Law Society Minister of Education noted that it is important for students of law to engage in moots because it is the only way one can have a chance to practice law while still studying.
A Moot Court is a simulated court experience where law students argue hypothetical cases before sitting judges or attorneys.
At Nkumba University, the tradition of holding and participating in moot courts is mandatory for all law students as they pursue a career in legal practice.