The Gale Cup is Canada’s premier national bilingual mooting competition, bringing together teams of law students from 15 to 20 law schools across the country to moot a criminal law case. Named after former Ontario Chief Justice George A. Gale, the Gale Cup encourages excellence in oral advocacy by bringing together Canadian law school students in a forum that simulates as closely as possible the appellate court experience. The Gale provides a particularly valuable experience for students in that it uses real judges versus lawyers and takes place at the Ontario Court of Appeal at Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto.
Students gown to make their arguments in the Court of Appeal before panels of judges from every province in Canada. Approximately 17 schools participate each year, with simultaneous translation being provided in bilingual rounds. Every other year, the winning team in the Gale Cup represents Canada in the Commonwealth Moot competition, held in various locales around the world.