The Margaret Forte Memorial Inter-Schools Mooting Competition is a Criminal Law Trial moot between the three Law Schools of the Council of Legal Education. The Moot is named in honour of Mrs. Margaret Forte, Q.C., a native of Trinidad & Tobago. Mrs. Forte was educated at Gray’s Inn in London and was admitted to the Bar there.
She returned to the Caribbean and resided in Jamaica. In Jamaica, she became the second full-time Director of the Norman Manley Law School Legal Aid Clinic. In that capacity she was keen on developing clinical legal education. Mrs. Forte launched a trial advocacy programme to train students in trial advocacy skills. The annual moot trial competition developed out of that programme.
After her tenure at the Norman Manley Law School, Mrs. Forte returned to full-time practice and was a partner in the law firm Gaynair and Fraser. In recognition of her advocacy skills Mrs. Forte was designated Queen’s Counsel. Mrs. Forte passed away in 1998 but her name still lives on in the form of the moot competition.