Mock Trial Program

The Idaho High School Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the Law Related Education Program, teaches students in grades 9-12 about the law and the legal system by participating in a simulated trial. In addition to the Competition, the Law Related Education Program also supports the Mock Trial in the Classroom Project to expose students who do not participate in the competition to the benefits of the Mock Trial Program. For questions about the Idaho High School Mock Trial Competition or the Mock Trial in the Classroom Project, contact Carey Shoufler at (208) 334-4500 or cshoufler@isb.idaho.gov.

About the Mock Trial Competition

Mock Trial Through participation in the Idaho High School Mock Trial Competition, students from all parts of Idaho are given a hands-on opportunity to examine the legal process and current legal issues, while they develop important critical thinking, research, and presentation skills. Students prepare a hypothetical legal case. Then, in real courtrooms, before real judges, teams try their cases – from opening statements, through direct and cross examination, to closing arguments, each team has its own attorneys and witnesses and must be ready to present either side of the case.

Teams compete in one of three regional tournaments in late February or early March. The top 12 qualifying teams compete in the state tournament in Boise in late March and the state champion qualifies to compete in the national tournament in May.

For more information, including team roles and support for teams, read the 2015 Information Sheet.

Mock Trial Registration

Each high school can register one or two teams between October 6, 2014 and January 31, 2015 by downloading and filling out the 2015 Idaho High School Mock Trial Registration Form and returning it with the registration fee to the Idaho Law Foundation. Teams must be registered to receive case materials.

Courtroom Artist Contest

The Courtroom Artist Contest is open to students in grades 9 to 12, to allow artistically talented students the opportunity to participate in the mock trial program. Artists observe trials and submit sketches that depict actual courtroom scenes. Participants can be part of a team or enter on their own. For more information or to register for the 2015 Courtroom Artist Contest, see the 2015 Courtroom Artist Information and Registration Form.

Entries are judged by a panel of local artists and art educators. The Courtroom Artist Score Sheet will provide more information for how judges will evaluate submissions. After the completion of the state contest, the top three artists receive cash prizes for their entries.

Winning sketches are displayed at the offices of the Idaho Law Foundation and reproduced for inclusion in the State Bar’s magazine, The Advocate. Press releases with results will also be sent to local and statewide media outlets.

The sketches that you see on this mock trial webpage are entries from previous courtroom artist contests.
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2014 State Winner: Autumn Cole, Lewiston High School, Lewiston, Idaho

Mock Trial in the Classroom

Mock trial has proven to be an effective learning tool for students at all grade levels. Some elementary and middle/junior high schools choose to expose their students to mock trial before they reach high school age, when they are eligible to compete in the Idaho High School Mock Trial Competition. Some high schools like the benefits of mock trial but are unable to participate in the Competition.

For schools who would like to utilize the 2014-2015 mock trial materials in their classrooms, the Law Related Education Program will supply these materials to your school, free of charge. To receive your materials fill out and return the Mock Trial in the Classroom 2014-2015 Registration Form.

2014 - 2015 Mock Trial Dates

  • Monday, October 6, 2014: Registration Opens
  • Monday, November 17, 2014: Case Materials Released
  • Saturday, January 31, 2015: Last Day to Register
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015: Regional Competitions (Caldwell, Lewiston, Eastern Idaho (TBD))
  • Wednesday to Friday, March 18 to 20, 2015: State Competition in Boise
  • Thursday to Saturday, May 14 to 16, 2015: National Competition in Raleigh, North Carolina

Mock Trial Volunteers & Donations

Mock TrialThe Idaho High School Mock Trial Competition relies on the generosity of volunteers and donors who contribute time and money to ensure the continued success of the Mock Trial Program. The mock trial program needs attorneys and non-attorney community members to serve as coaches, judges, and competition support. Community members interested in volunteering can fill out our Online Volunteer Form.

People interested in making a donation to mock trial may access a donor form on make an online donation.

For more information about volunteering for or making a contribution to the Idaho High School Mock Trial Competition, contact Carey Shoufler, Law Related Education Director, at (208) 334-4500 or cshoufler@isb.idaho.gov.

 

Recent Mock Trial Results

2014 Mock Trial Competion Results

2014 Regional Qualifiers

  • Eastern Idaho Regional: Blackfoot High School, Firth High School
  • Treasure Valley Regional: Ambrose School (two teams), Capitol High School, Centennial High School, Rocky Mountain High School
  • North Idaho Regional: Coeur d’Alene High School, Lewiston High School, Logos School (two teams)

2014 State Winners

  • Semi-Finalists: Ambrose School A Team, Centennial High School, Logos School A Team, Logos School B Team
  • Finalists: Ambrose School A Team, Logos School A Team
  • State Champion: Ambrose School A Team

2013 Mock Trial Competion Results

2013 State Winners

  • Semi-Finalists: Ambrose School A Team, Ambrose School B Team, Logos School A Team, Vallivue High School
  • Finalists: Ambrose School A Team, Logos School A Team
  • State Champion: Logos School A Team

2012 Mock Trial Competition Results

2012 State Winners:

  • Semi-Finalists: Ambrose School A Team, Coeur D’Alene High School A Team, Centennial High School Team, Logos School A Team
  • Finalists: Ambrose School A Team, Logos School A Team
  • State Champion: Logos School A Team

2011 Mock Trial Competition Results

2011 State Winners:

  • Semi-Finalists: Coeur D’Alene High School A Team, Lewiston High School A Team, Logos School A Team, Vallivue High School A Team
  • Finalists: Coeur D’Alene High School A Team, Logos School A Team
  • State Champion: Logos School A Team

Past Mock Trial Cases

Mock TrialAccess the last five mock trial cases using the links below. If you are looking for a specific legal topic that is not covered in the cases below, the Law Related Education Program has many other cases available. Contact Carey Shoufler at (208) 334-4500 or cshoufler@isb.idaho.gov for more information.

2014: Case Materials Get Acrobat Reader

2013: Case Materials Get Acrobat Reader

2012: Case Materials Get Acrobat Reader

2011: Case Materials, Exhibit Materials Get Acrobat Reader

2010: Case Materials, Clarification Memo Get Acrobat Reader

National Mock Trial

Idaho’s mock trial program is part of the National High School Mock Trial Championship Each year in May, NHSMTC hosts a tournament for state winners in early May.

In 2016, Idaho will serve as the host for the National High School Mock Trial Championship. More information can be found by reading the Idaho National Mock Trial Flyer

National High School Mock Trial Championship Get Acrobat Reader

 

 

 

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