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Mock Trial State Competition Finals General Information

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General Competition Information

The Trials – March 20th to 21st

All teams will participate in four full rounds of competition. Each team will have the opportunity to present both prosecution and defense arguments at least once. It is mandatory for each team to argue the pretrial motion before all trials. All four rounds of trials will take place at the Riverside Hall of Justice. Please review the agenda carefully for times and locations.

Side assignments for Round 1 will be posted on the Mock Trial Facebook page and e-mailed to teachers by 3:00 p.m. on March 6th.

Check-in, Orientation, and Teacher Meeting – March 20th 

  • Check-in. At least one adult member from each team, as well as the Courtroom Artists and Journalists, are required to check-in and pick up materials
  • Competition orientation. All participants must attend the orientation. During the orientation, each team will have an opportunity to do a 30 second team cheer to introduce their team.
  • Teacher Meeting. All teachers must attend the teacher meeting immediately following the orientation.

Courtroom Artist and Journalist Meeting – March 20th 

Courtroom Artists - This is a mandatory meeting for all registered courtroom artists. This meeting will give the courtroom artist a chance to meet other artists, learn about courtroom art as a profession, and get feedback. Review  the Courtroom Artist Contest section for additional important information.

Journalists – This is a mandatory meeting for all registered courtroom journalists. During this seminar, students will interact with other courtroom journalists and learn tips on how to become a better reporter and writer from a professional journalist. All entries must be typed and e-mailed to nina@crf-usa.org by 5:00 p.m. on March 21st. Review the Courtroom Journalist Contest section for additional important information.

Student Dance & Finalist Announcement – March 21st 

The dance is for mock trial students only. Students must bring their student nametags. Students can exchange pins at the dance. We recommend that coordinators or teachers contact their local county protocol office, their city’s chamber of commerce, or the winning team’s school for pin donations.

The finalists will be announced at approximately 10:30 p.m. At least one team member from each county must be present at the time of the announcement. Teachers, coaches, and parents will be allowed to enter the dance at 10:15 p. m. to hear the finalist announcement. Immediately following the announcement there will be a brief meeting for the two finalists. 

Championship Trial – March 22nd

The Championship trial will take place at the Historic Courthouse at 9:00 a.m. Seating space in this courtroom is limited and to ensure that all counties have the opportunity to send representatives to observe the trial, each team will receive a limited number of tickets. People with tickets will have priority for seats until 8:30 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., people will be seated first-come, first-served as space allows.

Awards Ceremony – March 22nd

Plaques and medals will be awarded to the top eight teams, with the first place team receiving the James A. Cobey perpetual trophy. In addition, presentation of the Outstanding Attorney, Outstanding Witness, Outstanding Clerk and Outstanding Bailiff awards will be presented, as well as The J. Skelly Wright plaques will be given to the Best Defense Pretrial Motion Attorney and the Best Prosecution Pretrial Motion Attorney. Also, plaques will be awarded to the 1st–3rd place courtroom artists and journalists. After the event, teams will receive their scores and participation certificates.