Georgia's Participation in the National Tournament
The National High School Mock Trial Championship is held the second weekend of May each year. The case for the national competition is released on 1 April. The Georgia Champion Team will have approximately four weeks to prepare for trial. The mock trial office will coordinate all logistical arrangements for the state champion team.
Participation in the national tournament is an optional activity for the Georgia champion team. The team may elect not to participate. In this case, the High School Mock Trial Committee may recognize the state finalist team to represent the state at this competition.
Team Composition at nationals is different from Georgia. Each state is allowed to send 8 students to compete in four rounds. During these rounds, the students must be able to play both sides of the case, each including three witness and three attorney roles. Two of the eight students must act as alternates or timekeepers in each round. States are allowed to bring along as many additional students as they wish. While those extra students are not allowed to play an active role in the competition rounds, they may fully participate in all other activities associated with the tournament.
Funding from the High School Mock Trial Committee is extremely limited for support of the state champion. Our resources allow us to cover most of the basic expenses for the official team, one teacher, and one attorney coach. The Committee cannot cover expenses outside the official delegation, but it can solicit funds from sources in the team's local legal and business community and from other statewide organizations. These solicitations have generally been fruitful in past years. The champion team will face choices both in which members will be on the official team and how many other students may be accommodated given the economic realities in the spring.
Participation by family members is welcome at nationals, to the extent that facilities allow for admission to observers. Trial rounds are generally open to the public, but restricted capacity may require ticketing by round. Other activities are offered on a ticketed, pay-as-you-go basis. Most reservations must be made by early April. Space in the tournament hotel may be available at tournament rates. Other hotels are in close proximity to the tournament hotel may also provide alternative lodging at attractive rates. Observers may also be eligible to participate in group air fare discounts negotiated in the spring.