Since 1988, teams from many of Georgia's public and private high schools, as well as several homeschool associations, have participated in the Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition. Coached by volunteer attorneys and teachers, teams of 14 students work together to prepare their presentations from case materials provided by the High School Mock Trial Committee.
In the competition phase, students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses based on the witness statements and evidence provided in the case materials. Professional attorneys or judges serve as the Presiding Judges and Evaluators (jury). Teams are evaluated on their ability to make a logical, cohesive and persuasive presentation, rather than on the legal merits of the case.
Adding to the authenticity of the competition, teams compete in actual courtrooms across the state beginning with the Regional competitions. The top three teams from each Region advance to the District Competitions to vie for a spot at the State Finals Competition in Lawrenceville, Ga. Here, the teams compete for the state title and a chance to advance to the National High School Mock Trial Championship.
In addition to the statewide competition, the Mock Trial Program oversees the annual Law Academy and the Craig Harding Memorial Court Artist Contest, both designed to increase students' understanding of and appreciation for the law, court procedures and the legal system.
General Information About the Georgia Mock Trial Competition
For high school students ages 14-19
A project of the High School Mock Trial Committee of the Young Lawyers Division, State Bar of Georgia
Funded in part by the State Bar of Georgia
Endorsed by the Georgia Department of Education and the Judicial Council of Georgia