Bail Application Competition 2023
In Partnership With BPP University Law School

The Bail Application Competition in Partnership with BPP will be the largest single day bail application competition held nationally. 

All places for this competition have now been filled. If you would like to be notified about our future competitions, please join our mailing list by clicking below. 

If you are looking for a way to practise advocacy in the meantime, take a look at our Advocacy Club. Further information can be found by clicking here. 

Bail Application Competition in partnership with BPP University Law School

ONLINE COMPETITION ON ZOOM

Saturday 16th December 2023

9:00 am until 3:00 pm

What is a bail application

A bail application is an oral submission made in court by a barrister/solicitor to request that their client is released on bail during the course of criminal proceedings leading up to trial rather than being remanded into custody.  This is a type of advocacy undertaken regularly by criminal barristers and solicitors.

About the competition

The competition is open to:

– Law undergraduates and graduates;

– GDL students and graduates;

– Masters, BPTC and LPC students and graduates

– Those falling outside of the above parameters at the discretion of the organisers

Participants enter as individuals rather than teams and represent themselves and not their university. There is therefore no limit on the number of students that can enter from any given institution.

Submissions will be limited to 5 minutes per participant. The bundle will be sent to participants by no later than 6.00 pm on Friday 15th December 2023.  By sending out the bundle the night before the competition, we are replicating the scenario in practice when a barrister or solicitor receives a later brief to appear in court the next day. The bundle will include all  of the required materials, meaning no additional research is required. As this is a bail application competition, no drafting will be required. As there is no research or drafting, participants will be tested on their oral advocacy alone. The competition is judged by practising barristers and solicitors.

How it Works

The competition will take place on Zoom on Saturday 16th December 2023. The competition will run from 9am until 3pm. The entire competition will take place over the course of a single day.

 

Competition format

The target size for the competition is 120 participants. Everyone that signs up will take part in the competition. The competition will take place over the course of a single day. We will therefore go from having 120 competitors all the way to having a winner in a single day. 

For the first round, the 120 competitors will be split into 12 groups of 10. Each group will have their own judge(s). One by one, each competitor in a group will perform the bail application in front of the judge(s). The judge(s) will determine the top two individuals from each group. The top two competitors from each group proceed to round 2, which will take place in the afternoon. 

There will therefore be 24 participants progressing to round 2. These will be split into 6 groups of 4. They will each perform their bail application in round 2. Once again, each group will have its own judge(s). The judge(s) will decide the winner from each group. This means that 6 participants will proceed to the final. 

In the final, the 6 competitors will perform their bail application one final time in front of a panel of judges. The winner and runner up will then be decided by the panel. 

Prize

The winner will receive an iPad. The runner up of the competition will receive a £75.00 Amazon voucher.

All places for this competition have now been filled. If you would like to be notified about our future competitions, please join our mailing list by clicking below. 

If you are looking for a way to practise advocacy in the meantime, take a look at our Advocacy Club. Further information can be found by clicking here. 

Advocacy Club

Each month
If you are looking for a way to practice your advocacy in the meantime, why not check out our monthly Advocacy Club?
  • Online monthly sessions
  • Limited preparation involved
  • Low pressure environment

John Dove

Founder of the National Speed Mooting Competition