1st National Judgement Drafting Competition, 2021

About Indian Journal of Legal Review (IJLR)

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About Competition

            The moto of the Judgment Writing Competition is to capture the art of decision-making in fledgling Law students and Masters striving to join reputable judicial services, as well as to reveal the dynamic position of Judges in society. The judgement writing competition involves a holistic approach to law in terms of theory and application. The legal arguments based on facts and circumstances, as well as legal precedents and reasoning, set the way for the formulation of judgments. We firmly feel that this competition is an attempt to create a platform for our country’s forthcoming bright legal minds to hone their advocacy abilities and demonstrate their legal expertise. The novelty of this competition is that it allows competitors to hone their drafting abilities and also allowing them to debate the constitutional legality of the laws under which the fact or case was performed.

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PROPOSITION

            India is the world’s most democratic and welfare country. Vinay Kumar is an HR professional at a reputable IT firm who come from a well-established family. He launched a YOUTUBE channel called ‘Creak Freek’ for entertainment purposes during the National Covid-19 lockdown. He used it to upload troll videos, movie reviews, news updates, and motivational videos on his channel, which quickly grew to 2.54 million subscribers. He also made more money from YOUTUBE than he did from his HR profession. In the Indian film industry, “SMS Film Factory”(herein after ‘Film Factory’) is one of the most well-known producers. In India, this film factory mostly distributed “blockbuster” films starring big-name actors. This producer has planned to release a cinematography named “Dark Side of Evil Witness” (Film Factory Holds all the copyright of this film) with a super hit hero’s cast on December 1, 2021. This film is expected to shatter all box office records and to become a smash blockbuster among Indian moviegoers.

            The film was released on the specified date, and Vinay Kumar was disappointed after seeing it on FDFS, since it fell short of his expectations. He uploaded a 16min movie review video on Creak-Freek at 11 a.m., stating, “The movie doesn’t live up to expectations and should be ranked 1.5 out of 5“. This video went viral and was seen by over 2 million people in just two hours. Meanwhile, the film’s ticket sales has suffered a setback, and in reach of 10 days, the majority of theatre owners withdrew the movie from their theatres.  Because of this, SMS Film factory faced by them was a huge loss more than Rs. 70 crores. Aggrieved by this review, SMS Film Factory filed a case against Vinay Kumar in Delhi High Court seeking compensation of Rs. 70 crores. The Film Factory contended that the failure and loss faced by them is due to the movie review in “Creak Freek”. Vinay Kumar opposed that his review was legal under SEC. 39 (b) & 52 (1) (a) (i) of The Copyright Act, 1957. So, that he is not liable to pay any compensation claimed by the film factory.  Concurrently, SMS film factory filed a writ petition before this Hon’ble Supreme Court, challenging the Constitutional validity of review and criticism under The Copyright Act, 1957. The case is listed before you in the Hon’ble Supreme Court, and all parties are awaiting for your judgment addressing all the issues involved.

INCLUSION OF FACTS

  • These are the basic set of facts, and the participants are required to refer to the Rules and Regulations of the competition for more clarity on facts.
  • It is to be noted that the proposition attached is merely illustrative of the basic set of facts, and the participants are at liberty to include and expand the facts in order to accommodate various legal topics.
  • This provision is to evaluate the creativity of the participants and their willingness to explore related topics.
  • However, it is to be noted that the factual matrix must be reasonable and applicable to real- world scenarios.
  • The factual matrix, including the additions, must be adequately covered at the beginning of the judgment draft. 


RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. General Information

1.1 These are the rules for the 1st National Judgement Drafting Competition, 2021.

1.2 The competition is being conducted by Indian Journal of Legal Review (IJLR).

1.3 Last Date for submitting Judgements – December 12, 2021.

1.4 The Organizing Committee shall function as the point of contact, and any changes in the Rules of the Competition shall be notified by email to all participating teams.

1.5 The Competition shall be conducted by rules mentioned hereunder. Participants are required to comply with the rules and procedures prescribed herein.

1.6 The official email for all correspondence for the Competition is info@ijlr.in.

2. Definition Part

2.1. “Competition” means the 1st National Judgement Drafting Competition, 2021.

2.2. “Identity” means any fact of the identity of the Team, its members, or the Institution/College/University represented by the Team and the state or region where such Institution/College/University is located and includes any identification marks/ seal of the Team or the Institution/ College/University represented.

 2.3. “Organizing Committee” or “OC” means the Organizing Members from IJLR.

2.4. “Team” means the registered participants in the Competition and shall include only those members as specified in Rule 3.2 of the Rules of the Competition.

2.5. “Team Code” means the code assigned to a Team for Representing.

2.6. “Judgement” means the written submissions submitted by any Team as per these Rules of the Competition.

2.7. “Judgement Score” means the score determined by the Rules of the Competition.

3. Eligibility and Registration

3.1. Any students enrolled in a three (3) year LL.B. programme or a five (5) year LL.B. programme shall be eligible to participate in the Competition. Students enrolled in Post-Graduate are also eligible to participate in this Competition. A person not eligible to participate in the competition who is currently member at IJLR.

3.2. The team composition for the Competition shall be either Individual Member or Maximum Two Members. Inter-Cross college or university team registration is allowed in this Competition.

3.3 Here is no need for any authorisation letter from any institutions.

3.4 Registration fee for a Team is ₹ 125. Registration Fees must be paid before registration. And except in inevitable circumstances, the registration fee is not refundable.

3.5 Payment Instructions.

In the case of Bank Transaction:-

       BANK NAME: BANK OF BARODA.

       ACCOUNT NUMBER: 74980100022173.

       IFS CODE: BARB0VJTICH.

       BRANCH NAME: Salai Road, Tiruchirappalli.

       ACCOUNT NAME: PRASANNA S    (or)

In the case of UPI Transaction:-

       ijlr@upi (or) +91 94896 71437

3.6 Registration is open from 1st November to 30th November 2021. Registration Link https://ijlr.in/1NJDC2021.html .  

3.7 After the Registration process complies with the participants, within 18 hours confirmation mail and Team code shall be allotted to that team.

3.8 After Team Code allotment, Teams must represent their team code to The Organising Committee for any situations. Non-Comply with this rule will lead to disqualification of teams

4. Formatting Guidelines

4.1 The font of the entire body of the judgment must be ‘Times New Roman’ with the font size of 12.

4.2 There shall be no footnotes or endnotes in the entire document, the authorities must be cited within the main body of the judgment itself.

4.3 A line spacing must be kept at 1.5 points, uniformly throughout the document.

4.4 The document must be neatly bordered from all the 4 sides.

4.5 The Team Code and the Name of the Court must be in ‘Bold’ in the cover page

4.6 Any verbatim copying of any part of the judgment or the legal provision must be italicized and written within inverted commas only.

4.7 The margins of the document must be set in ‘Normal’ leaving 1” all four sides.

4.8 The size of the document must be in ‘A4’ size.

5. Submission Guidelines

5.1 The judgment shall not exceed 15 pages, including the cover page.

5.2 The team is required to cite authorities similar to judgments of courts. The teams must adhere to the 20th Bluebook citation format.

5.3 The judgment shall conform to the format as mentioned below.

5.4 The submission must be made in PDF format via the Google Form.

5.5 The name of the file should be the team code followed by the format of the file (e.g. if the team code is TC001, then the file name must be ‘TC001_PDF’)

6.  Format of the Judgment

Every judgment must mandatorily incorporate the points mentioned below, in the body of the judgment, failing which the participants may attract deductions:

  • First Page
  • Team Code
  • Name of the Court
  • Title, Number of the Case
  • Date of Delivery of Judgment
  • Nature of the Case(s) (Civil/Criminal/Writ)
  • Any other relevant information team wishes to incorporate on first page similar to Judgments of the Indian Courts.
  • Facts / History & Procedural History of the Petition / Suit / Appeal
  • Admissibility / Maintainability of Petitions / Suits / Appeals
  • Issues & Points for Determination
  • Framing Specific Questions for determination
  • Reference to Precedents, Other Sources (both authoritative & persuasive)
  • Decision on issues framed or points formulated
  • Decretal / Operative Part.

7. Evaluation Criteria

The judgment shall be evaluated on the following parameters:

Adherence to Format of the Judgment10 marks
Adherence to the Formatting Guidelines10 marks
Clarity and coherence in the language10 marks
Inclusion & Interpretation of Facts10 marks
Identification of Issues involved10 marks
Application of legal provisions10 marks
Arguments of both the parties10 marks
Ratio Decidendi & Justification of choice for the final decision10 marks
Suggestive improvements in Indian law perspective10 marks
Final sentencing and innovation in interpretation10 marks

Here is no penalty for any things. So, rules will be strictly followed by Organizing Committee.

8. Deadline for Submission

  • The judgment is to be submitted via the google form https://ijlr.in/S1NJDC2021.html  in pdf latest by 11:59 P.M. IST, December 12, 2021.
  • In case of multiple submissions, the last submission by the participant before the deadline will be considered for evaluation and any submission received after the deadline shall not be considered for evaluation, and the team shall be disqualified.

9. Clarifications

  • The Participating teams can request for clarifications to the proposition on or before December 5, 2021, by sending an email to info@ijlr.in
  • The teams shall receive the final list of clarifications on or before December 7, 2021.

10. Settlement of Disputes

The organizing committee shall have the final discretion in case of any dispute amongst the teams or any dispute regarding the results of the competition.

11. Important Dates

Registration Open on1st November, 2021.
Registration Close on30th November, 2021.
Last date for Seeking Clarification5th December, 2021.
Last date for Memorial Submission12th December, 2021.
Results Declaration19th December, 2021.


12. Awards

Winner-Up

  • Rs. 750/ Cash Prize;
  • Winning Trophy;
  • Intellectual Property Rights in India by V K Ahuja from Lexis Nexis (Printed Book);
  • Free Publication Opportunity at IJLR’s Volume 3;
  • 50% off on E-Justice India Online Law School Course;
  • Certificate of Merit (Hard Print).

Runner-Up

  • Rs. 500/ Cash Prize;
  • Runner-Up Trophy;
  • Law Relating to Intellectual Property by Dr B L Wadehra from Universal Law Publication (Printed Book);
  • Free Publication Opportunity at IJLR’s Volume 3;
  • Certification of Merit (Hard Print).

Second Runner Up

  • Rs. 400/ Cash Prize;
  • Second Runner-Up Trophy;
  • Law Relating to Intellectual Property Rights (Student Edition) by V K Ahuja From Lexis Nexis (Printed Book);
  • Free Publication Opportunity at IJLR’s Volume 3;
  • Certification of Merit (Hard Print).

All the Participants will get an E-Certification of Participation. All the prizes will be delivered to the winners after the three days of Results.

13. Contact

Any time you can contact us relating to this Competition via +91 94896 71437 (Prasanna S, Organizer)

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