Mock Trial Virtual Registration


The Utah Mock Trial Program Going Virtual

The Utah Mock Trial Program was established in 1980 and is designed to give students an understanding of the law, the legal system, and their rights and responsibilities as engaged citizens. Each year volunteer attorneys write the case or revise and adapt a legally authentic case involving issues relevant to students’ own personal experiences. This 2021 Mock Trial Competition will be Virtual using the Zoom platform.

The Utah Mock Trial Program is designed to give people an understanding of the law, the legal system, and their rights and responsibilities as engaged citizens.

The Utah Mock Trial Program is governed by the rules set forth in the Utah Mock Trial Program Handbook. These rules are designed to ensure excellence in presentation and fairness in judging all competition trials. The competition is, first of all, an exposure to the function of our legal system. It also is an exercise in communication and the art of advocacy, which are the bases of our adversary system of justice. Our judicial system is based upon the belief that a court will be better able to make a well-informed decision by hearing a vigorous presentation of each side of a case. In addition, Virtual Trials will have specific rules provided to each coach for the 2021 Competition.

This is not a speech or debate tournament, and it is not a dramatic presentation, although some lawyers may utilize elements of all three. First, understand the mechanics of a trial and the function of each part. Then blend the parts into an overall presentation that effectively communicates your position. Style, voice, diction, and the like are valuable tools--but their impact is lost unless the court understands your overall message and is persuaded to agree with you. It is important to remember that our judicial system, just as this competition, is run by people and, therefore, is subject to individual interpretations. Unexpected obstacles in the course of a trial are the rule rather than the exception in real life as well as in this competition. Being prepared to deal with the unexpected obstacles that will inevitably arise is an important part of being prepared for the competition.

Only documents in the official mock trial handbook may be introduced into evidence. 

Consistent with principles of professionalism and civility, all team members (students, teacher advisers, attorney coaches, parents and other observers) are expected to display proper courtroom decorum and good sportsmanlike conduct.

During the actual trial, teachers, attorney coaches, and all other observers may not talk to or otherwise communicate with the teams.

In a regular courtroom setting, Teams will consist of a maximum of twelve (12) students. Team roster should consist of eight (7-8) role playing students during a trial. Alternates can participate in any of  the scheduled trials  ULRE compares each team’s roster to verify consistent team composition. A disparity between Plaintiff/Prosecution and Defense team composition may result in disqualification. (See additional rules for number of students that can participate in Virtual Trials).

Judging of each round will be done by a panel of two or three judges. Decisions will be based on the legal merits of the case and the best team presentation of the facts. Teams will advance based on the ballots won. If there are only two judges, those judges’ total scores will be averaged to obtain the score of a third judge. In most cases the decisions of the judges are final.

VIRTUAL PLATFORM:

All 2021 Mock Trials will be Virtual held in a Zoom Meeting format and the tentative dates listed under scheduling. Final Schedule will be posted after the Late Registration Deadline on December 4th.

SCHEDULING – Monday through Thursday (Evenings) (5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)

High School Competition Playoff Dates 4 Rounds
February 11, 2021 through March 25, 2021 (5:30-9:00 p.m.)

Single Elimination Rounds: Qtr. Finals (top 8), Semi-Finals (top 4), Finals (top 2)
Exact Dates TBD

SCHEDULING: Monday through Friday (Afternoons) 

Middle/JHS School Competition Playoff Dates 4 Rounds

February 24, 2021 through March 25, 2021 (3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.)

Single Elimination Rounds: Qtr. Finals (top 8), Semi-Finals (top 4), Finals (top 2)
Exact Dates TBD


Discuss all the above information with your Principal BEFORE you proceed to the Online Registration Form.

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