Western Canada/MacIntyre Cup

The course involves preparation and participation in a trial advocacy moot initially involving the six western Canadian law schools, followed by a national competition. Participants are involved in a juried trial relating to a problem in evidence, criminal procedure and/or criminal law. Participants are expected to prepare opening juror addresses, examinations-in-chief and cross-examinations of witnesses, and closing arguments. In addition, there is research in various evidentiary points which arise during the course of argument.

Unlike other moots, this moot is patterned after a trial rather than the argument of a case on appeal. The problem is likely to involve evidence, criminal procedure and criminal law. Students involved hone their skills in courtroom advocacy.

Ashley Smith is the coach of the 2016/17 Western Canada Moot team.

The 2015/16 Western Canada Moot team is sponsored by:
Law Foundation of Saskatchewan

2012/13 U of S Western Canada Moot Team wins McIntyre Cup
2011/12 Western Canada Moot Team members win Sopinka Cup

Western Canada Tryouts

The Western Canada Moot is a criminal trial moot and involves the analysis of a criminal case, and presentation of the case to a jury.  The competition is open to all second-year and third-year law students.  Four students will be selected for the competition, which usually takes place in late January or early February at a Western Canada law school.  Six teams will compete – one from each of the western Canadian law schools.  Teams will be randomly selected to represent either the Crown or the defence at the trial. 

If the team is successful, and wins or places second in the western competition, the team will travel to and compete in the national competition, the Sopinka Cup, in Ottawa in mid-March. 

The moot is designed to prepare you for a jury trial, working with live witnesses, and a real-life fact situation.  Students will/should learn to:

examine witnesses in chief

  • cross-examine witnesses
  • do an opening address to a jury
  • do a closing address to a jury
  • deal with evidentiary issues and argument at trial

Students will be expected to prepare and present the case for the Crown and the case for the defence.

Remember - this will be the only time in your career when you can run a jury trial without having a client’s liberty or money at stake. 

- Ashley Smith