Do I Qualify to Judge?

Judging the Osgoode Cup is not only an excellent way to receive up to six CPD/volunteer hours, it also allows you to share your expertise and create lasting connections with Canada’s next generation of legal professionals.

Historically, judges must be available all day on Day 1 (Saturday) and, if judging the elimination rounds, until approximately 5:00pm on Day 2 (Sunday). This comes with the added perks of catered lunch, an invitation to the Saturday night banquet and paid parking at York University. However, because the 2022 Osgoode Cup will be held virtually, judges are required for up to four preliminary rounds on Saturday, followed by Sunday’s four elimination rounds as usual. Updates on the 2022 tournament can be found here.

Judges can be lawyers, licensed paralegals, currently sitting or retired judges, professors, or law students. No prior experience is necessary! New calls, experienced lawyers, all are welcome to judge the competition. We will be providing judges a memo with tips and what to expect from mooters!

Please note: If you are currently coaching, advising, practicing with or communicating in any capacity about the tournament with competitors of the tournament, you are barred from judging the tournament.

The Osgoode Cup Organizing Team reserves the right to disqualify or prevent the registration of any judge who knowingly coaches, advises, assists or communicates about the tournament in violation of these rules, as well as – up to and including – the entire school of mooters that knowingly received communications from those judges in violation of these rules; past, present or future.
If you see something, say something.

Unfortunately, the Osgoode Cup team does not have the ability (or the P.I. budget) to ensure that all judges at the tournament are in compliance with the above criteria. Should a participant have reason to believe that a judge, team member or opponent has violated the above rules, that student must submit a non-anonymous complaint to theosgoodecup@gmail.com and set out both the reason(s) and evidence for their complaint.

Questions or concerns? Email us anytime at theosgoodecup@gmail.com.