Public forum debate

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Public forum debate, also known as PF is a style of debate for teams of two. Individuals give short (2-4 minute) speeches; these are interspersed with 3 minute "crossfire" sections, questions and answers between opposed debaters. The winner is determined by a single judge who also serves as a referee (timing sections, penalising incivility, etc).[1]


  1. ^ "Guide to Public Forum Debates." University of Vermont. University of Vermont, n.d. Web. 6 Oct. 2014. <