Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is this the LexisNexis or the Gibbs Competition?
While the competition is being run under the ‘Sir Harry Gibbs’ name it is a combination of the two different competitions. We have taken the best elements of each competition and combined them.
2. What rules will be used?
New rules have been drafted for the new competition. You can download these off the website. Please make sure you familiarise yourself with these rules as you will be expected to follow them strictly.
3. What area of law will the question be based on?
The question will be based on Australian Commonwealth Constitutional Law and/or Australian State Constitutional Law.
4. How many questions will there be?
There will only be one question used throughout the entirety of the competition. That means you will moot the same question for all Preliminary Rounds and Final Rounds.
5. When will the question be released?
The release date for the question this year is yet to be confirmed. At this stage the question will be released in mid August.
6. Who will you send the question to?
The question will be sent to the designated team contact (Team Leader), so please ensure these details are correct when registering. A copy of the question will also be placed on the competition website.
7. When are submissions due?
Submissions due date to be confirmed, they will need to be emailed in. Further information will be provided after the question is released.
8. How many people on a team?
Teams can be made up of two or three people.
9. Are we allowed to be coached?
Yes, coaches are allowed in this year’s competition. However, please ensure all competitors and the coach are familiar with the rules.
10. Can our coach attend the competition? Coaches are able to attend the competition and watch their own team compete. However, no accommodation will be supplied for coaches. Any coaches wishing to attend will need to supply their own accommodation. If they wish to attend social events, including the Closing Gala Dinner, they must RSVP to email@example.com.
11. When and where will the rounds actually take place?
The three Preliminary Rounds will take place at the University on Canberra on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 October. The Semi Final will be held at the Supreme Court of the ACT on Saturday 12 October. The Grand Final will be held at the High Court of Australia on Sunday 13 October 2012.
12. Will internet and printing be provided?
Internet and printing facilities will be provided at the university for the use of competitors.
13. When does registration close?
Registration will close at 5pm on 4 August 2013.
14. What if we miss registration?
You may still be able to register, however this will be at the discretion of the Convenors, and you may incur a late fee.
15. When is payment due?
Payment details will be provided with teams confirmation of registration, and is due by 11 August. Late payments will attract a late fee. Teams will not be allowed to compete unless registration has been paid in full. If you have any problems regarding payment, please contact us to make alternate arrangements.
Teams who withdraw less than 30 days prior to the competition may forfeit some or all of their registration payment.
16. What methods of payment do you accept?
Payment can be made by either Electronic Funds Transfer or by cheque. An invoice with payment details will be sent out once registered.
17. When do we need to arrive in Canberra?
You need to arrive in Canberra at the designated meeting place (to be announced) by 10am on Thursday 10 October. Please keep this arrival time in mind when booking flights. If you will not arrive by this time, please give us as much notice as possible so we can make alternate arrangements.
18. How about social events?
There will be a number of social events run over the course of the four days, including a Kareoke/Pub Crawl and Closing Gala Dinner. All competitors will receive free entry into these events.
19. What if we have friends who want to come and support us but not compete?
Even though the Preliminary Rounds are closed to general spectators, there are plenty of fun things for law students to do in Canberra! Unfortunately we will not be able to provide accommodation for these people, but we will be able to arrange tickets to the social events for them, so please have them contact us as soon as possible.
20. What will the bedding situation be like?
Competitors will be required to share a room with their team. This years accommodation will be two bedroom apartments with a queen bed in one room and two singles in the other- there will also be a sofa bed in the lounge area.
21. What if we do not want to stay at the provided accommodation?
If you are from Canberra or have alternative accommodation, please inform us as soon as possible so we can arrange for a reduction in your registration cost.