Application of the Rules
1. These rules of participation apply to The University of Melbourne Law Students’ Society (LSS) competitions.
2. Participation in any competition signifies agreement by the competitor to abide by the rules set forth in this Guidebook.
3. LSS competitions are open only to students undertaking a Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne.
4. Application forms are only valid and effective if they are submitted and received by the relevant coordinators by the time and date specified on the application form. The LSS and its members do not take any responsibility for any failure of application forms to be submitted and received by the due date and time.
a. No exceptions apply. Where applicable, competitors must nominate preferred days to compete.
b. Coordinators will endeavour to allocate competitors their preferred days, however first preferences are not guaranteed.
c. Coordinators will try to ensure that every team that has submitted an application form by the specified time and date is granted entry into the relevant competition, but in the event that the relevant coordinator believes that there are too many teams for a workable competition (e.g. odd number of teams), she or he has total discretion in prohibiting any team from entering a competition. If the coordinator chooses to exercise such discretion, she or he must do so on a fair and reasonable basis.
d. Rule 3(c) is also applicable to practice round opportunities.
5. Once the competition has commenced, teams cannot be changed. A change of any team member will result in immediate disqualification. Disqualifications become effective at the time of disqualification and do not operate retrospectively.
6. There is no limit on the number of competitions a person may enter. However, no person can participate in two or more teams for the same competition.
Scheduling and Withdrawals
7. Competition coordinators will endeavour to release the competition schedule and matchups for every round as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours prior to the scheduled commencement of that round.
8. It is the responsibility of each team to notify the coordinator(s) of the competition of the teams unavailability to participate on the scheduled time, as soon as possible but not later than 72 hours before their scheduled competing times.
a. Competition coordinator(s) may elect to reschedule the team if it is viable to do so. The coordinator(s) may reschedule the competition at his or her discretion, but he or she is under no obligation to do so. The coordinator has complete discretion in disqualifying any team for being unable to participate at the allocated time, but before doing so must consider the amount of notice the team gave to the coordinator, the amount of notice the coordinator gave the team for having to compete and the explanation for being unable to participate.
b. If it is not viable to reschedule the team, the team will be deemed as having forfeited.
c. The coordinator’s decision to disqualify a team is final.
9. Failure to give 72 hour notice for withdrawal from any competition, without a reasonable excuse, may result in automatic and immediate disqualification from all competitions for that given year.
Running of Competitions
10. Competition formats:
a. For Mooting, Witness Examination, Negotiations and Client Interview, all rounds will be run as knockout rounds.
b. For the International Humanitarian Law Moot, the competition coordinators may nominate rounds as a non-elimination round if it is reasonable to do so for reasons such as, but not limited to, low number of participating teams.
c. The Paper & Oral Presentation and Letter of Advice Competitions will be run as single round competitions.
11. Each competition is run by the relevant coordinators of each competition. Details of all coordinators can be found on the Competition pages of this website. Any queries, concerns or the like must be first directed to these coordinators.
12. In the event of a procedural dispute, the decision of the Competitions Directors is final.
13. No ties will be allowed in any competition.
a. Where there is a tie of scores, the winners will be determined by the combined process of deliberation of the Judges and respective competition coordinators.
b. This decision is final.
14. If an uneven number of teams win in a particular round, a ‘lucky loser’ team may be permitted to compete in the next round. The lucky loser will be the team which has lost by the least percentage in that round, on the basis of the formula (Winning Score – Losing Score) / Winning Score for all competitions.
a. Coordinators reserve the discretion to award multiple lucky losers or no lucky losers at all for any particular round.
Breach of Rules and Disciplinary Procedures
15. The Competitions Directors reserve the right to disqualify any team for breach of any rule set forth in these rules, breach of any statute of the University and/or the Law School, or unacceptable conduct.
a. Unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to
i. failing to turn up to a competition;
ii. delaying the progress of the competition;
iii. failing to respect the authority of a judge; or
iv. breaching the rules of the Legal Resource Centre (Law Library) whilst engaged in preparation (e.g. hiding or defacing library materials).
b. The Competitions Directors will hear complaints with regards to the above. A decision to act on a complaint is subject to the discretion of the Competitions Directors.
16. The judge’s decision is final and cannot be overruled. Any complaints regarding the behaviour, bias or decision of a judge must be brought to the attention of the Competitions Directors. Such complaints must be in writing. In the event that the Competitions Directors agree with the substance of the complaint, they may at their total discretion reschedule another round. The Competitions Directors will only do so if they both believe that the judge’s behaviour had a substantial impact on the outcome and will only exercise this discretion in extreme circumstances.
17. All decisions made in relation to the running of the competition by the competition’s coordinators are final.
a. Competitions Directors reserve the right to review any decision made by the competition coordinators and alter the decision.
18. Where a complaint about a Coordinator arises, a notice of the complaint may be forwarded to the Competitions Directors. The President, the Competitions Directors and, where appropriate, the relevant Competition Coordinators, will discuss the complaint and a decision to act or not act on the complaint is at the discretion of the aforementioned persons.