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be a moot point

To be a topic that can no longer be questioned or debated. Whether or not he's the best person for the job is a moot point now that he's tenured.
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be a moot question

To be a topic that can no longer be questioned or debated. Whether or not he's the best person for the job is a moot question now that he's tenured.
See also: moot, question

moot point

A point, aspect, or topic that is no longer relevant or can no longer be questioned or debated. Whether or not he's the best person for the job is a moot point now that he's tenured. A: "Have you looked at Harvard's program?" B: "That's a bit of a moot point, don't you think? I've already accepted a place at NYU."
See also: moot, point

moot question

A point, aspect, or topic that is no longer relevant or can no longer be questioned or debated. Whether or not he's the best person for the job is a moot question now that he's tenured. A: "Have you looked at Harvard's program?" B: "That's a bit of a moot question, don't you think? I've already accepted a place at NYU."
See also: moot, question

moot point

A debatable question, an issue open to argument; also, an irrelevant question, a matter of no importance. For example, Whether Shakespeare actually wrote the poem remains a moot point among critics, or It's a moot point whether the chicken or the egg came first. This term originated in British law where it described a point for discussion in a moot, or assembly, of law students. By the early 1700s it was being used more loosely in the present sense.
See also: moot, point

be a moot ˈpoint/ˈquestion

be a subject that people disagree on or are uncertain about: It’s a moot point whether women or men make better drivers.A moot was a group of people who met to discuss questions of local or national law during the Anglo-Saxon period. A moot point was a question of law discussed at this meeting.
See also: moot, point, question
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Second, the advocate begins the presentation again, this time with interruption by questions from the moot panel.
Third, there is a roundtable discussion between the advocate and moot panel about what aspects of the oral argument worked, what didn't work, what improvements or modifications may be needed, and how to deal with problematic issues in the case.
Some advocates prefer to skip the first step and go straight to questions by the moot panel.
It is important that the moot judges allow the advocate to complete his or her answer before interrupting with another question.
If the advocate wants to be sure the moot panel covers a specific topic, he or she should make that clear.
Commonly the moot proceeds without assigning someone to play the role of opposing appellate counsel.
What has been outlined so far is a formal moot court, but there are a number of variations on this theme.
For a formal moot, the most common panel size is three moot judges --which is the most common panel size in courts of appeal.
putting "five or six of the best legal minds in the city" on the panel for each moot.
Lazarus highlights the resulting diversity in its caseload, noting that</p> <pre> [i]n any one term we could be representing those who are challenging Nebraska's law restricting partial-birth abortions, and the next month we could moot an attorney
17) </pre> <p>The Program also avoids choosing sides by selecting moot panelists "from every conceivable ideological stratum.
If all the panelists agree with the advocate's position, he or she won't get a good sense of what to expect at the Court, says Phillips, who usually serves on one moot panel during each Court term.
20) </pre> <p>And Nina Pillard, who recently chose an Institute moot for her argument in a case that she knew would be "an uphill battle," specifically asked for one of the field's leading conservative thinkers to be on her moot panel.
e]verybody knows that everybody is doing this for the good of the development of the law and for the Supreme Court practice, and everybody is happy to do it, but that requires that nobody even know what strategizing went on and who was there to do the moot for whom.
And, in close consultation with Professor Lazarus, he or she helps line up the necessary five to seven panelists for each moot.