The annual state-wide middle school mock trial simulation and competition provides opportunities for students to learn about the legal process, the courts, and the jury system through a classroom activity aligned with the civics and government benchmarks for middle school. The competition provides an avenue for middle school students to participate in a simulated trial in the classroom or at a local courthouse. Judges or attorney volunteers can serve as the presiding judge for the activity. Trials should be videotaped and submitted using the directions in the case materials. Video clips from previous years are provided on this page.
The middle school mock trial program is designed to:
The case materials are aligned with the middle school civics benchmarks including: SS.7.C.2.6 Simulate the trial process and the role of juries in the administration of justice.
Supplemental classroom materials are provided. For additional assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Annete Boyd Pitts, Director at email@example.com.
Entry packet and video due date: March 1, 2021 (All 60-minute video entries must be submitted by this date.)
When accessing this link, you will be asked to register your middle school class and provide your video submission link for the 2021 Virtual Middle School Mock Trial Competition. Therefore, this form should be submitted once your video submission is also ready. Submissions are due by midnight on March 1, 2021.
The 2021 case materials will be released in November 2020. Until then, feel free to review the rules from last year and the archive videos to see a selection of approaches.
The video clips below show some of the mock trial submissions from past years. This may be helpful as you prepare for this year.