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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."
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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."
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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.
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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.
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moot point, a

A debatable question. This term was originally exclusively a legal one, a moot case or moot point being a case for discussion in a moot, or meeting, of law students. By the eighteenth century, however, it was being used figuratively in a far more general way. For example, “It is a very moot point to which of those causes we may ascribe the universal dulness of the Irish,” wrote Sir C. Wogan (1732–33), cited by the OED.
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The goal is to have a moot panel --or at least, the principal members --equipped with exactly the same information as the real appellate panel.
Attendees at the moot should include trial counsel and co-counsel, if any.
There is no standard format for a moot. The point of the moot is to help the advocate prepare, and the moot should be tailored as the advocate prefers.
The moot judges can comment after this presentation or save their comments for later.
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.
Grokster, (11) which involved peer-to-peer file-sharing software, specifically asked for Georgetown professors with little technology background to serve on his moot panel.
The only factor determining which side of a case is mooted at the Institute is which side calls first.
(17) </pre> <p>The Program also avoids choosing sides by selecting moot panelists "from every conceivable ideological stratum." (18) Mixing panels up with liberal, conservative, moderate, or other viewpoints is part of Lazarus's recipe for mimicking the makeup of the Court.
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. (24)