Annual National Schools Moot Court Competition

National Schools Moot Court Competition

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, in collaboration with the University of Pretoria and the Foundation of Human Rights, annually hosts, the National Schools Moot Court Competition.

The objective of Moot Court Competition is mainly to persuade school children to understand the Constitution and its values and to establish a continuous Human Rights learning programme through education and information. Thus, enhancing respect for the primacy of the Human Rights. The other objective of this competition is to build unity and harmony between the different and diverse sections of the South African Society through the promotion, protection and appreciation of constitutional values. The most key element of this Moot Court competition is to afford the learners in schools an understanding on how the constitution and the law work.

Information Links

  • 7th National Schools Moot Court Competition - Invitation, hypothetical case and resource pack, May 2017
    All secondary schools in South Africa are invited to enter a team of two learners.

    Teams are provided with the facts of a fictitious case which involves human rights issues under the South African Constitution. Teams are expected to write 2 short essays defending op􀁑osite sides of the case. The teams with the highest scores for their essays from each province will be invited to argue the case in an oral round before judges in a real court scenario.

    The Final Oral Round is hosted in the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg! The winners of the Final Oral Round will receive financial support toward their first year of study should they choose to study law at any South African university, to
    which they have been admitted. All lawyers - attorneys, advocate, law students, prosecutors, law lecturers, magistrates and judges - are also invited to join the growing number of lawyers who open their doors and assist learners and schools who wish to participate.

    You may also get more information on this site:


  • Adv D Matsebe, Senior State Law Advisor
    Chief Directorate: Constitutional Development, Department of Jutsice and Constitutional Development
    Tel: 012 357 8917, E-mail:
  • Unversity of Pretoria: Petronell Kruger