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High School Mock Trial Competition

About the High School Mock Trial Program

The Florida High School Mock Trial Program was launched in 1991 after years of planning and development by Annette Boyd Pitts and former Florida Bar Executive Director Marshall Cassedy. Hundreds of student participants have graduated, attended law school, and become members of The Florida Bar or other state bar associations. Many former student participants have returned to coach teams at the schools they once attended or at other schools throughout the state.

Today, the program is administered by the Justice Teaching Center. Counties hold competitions to advance teams to the circuit level and one team from each judicial circuit advances to represent the circuit at the state competition. With 20 judicial circuits, a maximum of twenty teams may advance to the state finals.

Hundreds of attorneys and judges volunteer to participates in the circuit and state competitions annually. A state advisory committee provides oversight and accountability in program administration. Volunteer attorneys and law students develop the case materials annually. The winning state team is eligible to represent Florida in the National High School Mock Trial Championship held annually in different host states.

Students learn critical thinking skills, legal reasoning, analysis, persuasive speaking, and professionalism, in addition to the structure and function of the courts and the legal process.

We are grateful to Florida Southern College for sharing its infrastructure and for the attorneys statewide that have contributed to the program's growth and success.

For additional information, see the links below or contact Annette Pitts at

High School Mock Trial Registration (Currently Closed) Florida State Finals Registration

2023-2024 Updates

The Florida High School Mock Trial Competition will be held March 7-9, 2024, in Orlando at the Orange County Courthouse. Circuit competitions are scheduled locally and should be held in January and February. Please contact your local coordinator.

All teams in all circuits must register initially on our website. We provide school information directly to circuit coordinators. The registration deadline is November 1, 2023. Some circuits may also have additional local registration requirements. In this case, teams are required to register through both the state and circuit portals.

The case materials will be released by the author in late September or early October.

A new scoresheet will be available this year to allow for witnesses to be scored on direct and cross examination separately.

All circuits and teams must use the state high school mock trial case materials and rules of evidence.

If you need copies of the rules of competition, rules of evidence, or considerations in scoring teams, please contact our office at

List of Counties by Circuit

Circuit Competition Contacts

Sample Live Final Round Video - 2019

Sample Virtual Final Round Video - 2022

2024 Florida High School Mock Trial Case

All questions should be submitted in writing to no later than December 22, 2023. Our author will not accept questions after this date. In early January, we will update the case to reflect all changes and post on the website. Thank you.

State Finals Registration Roster Updated Case Packet Case Questions
Rules of Evidence Rules of Competition
Score Sheet Scoring Considerations Timekeeping

Judge Steve Jewett at a deskJudge Steve Jewett, Ninth Judicial Circuit

2023 Florida High School Mock Trial Champions - American Heritage School - Palm Beach Lakes2023 Florida High School Mock Trial Champions - American Heritage School - Palm Beach Lakes

Emilie MorinEmilie Morin of Lakeland Christian School

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amber rumancik
Attorney Amber Rumancik (right) participated in mock trial at Fletcher High School. Her teacher was Ed Lange. Amber now coaches for the same high school in Duval County.
ben kanoski
Ben Kanoski, former high school mock trial student from Pinellas Park Criminal Justice Academy, now coaches the high school mock trial team at his alma mater. Ben is an assistant state attorney.
david grimes
Attorney David Grimes from Tallahassee participated in the Florida High School Mock Trial Competition in high school. He now coaches Chiles High School in Leon County.
lakeland christian high school mock trial finalists
Lakeland Christian School High School Mock Trial Finalists
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Mia Venezia takes top student attorney award.
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American Heritage Plantation

Questions? Contact

Annette Pitts Annette Pitts

Director of Justice Teaching Center for Civic Learning