Competition Information

The Craig Harding Memorial Court Artist Contest

The Craig Harding Memorial Court Artist Contest will be held during the 2017 Regional Competitions the weekend of January 28, 2017. Each team may register up to 3 students for the contest. Registration forms and fees are due to the Mock Trial office by Friday, January 13.

The State Champion will have the opportunity to compete in the National Court Artist Contest at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Hartford, CT in mid-May. Please see the Court Artist Contest page for more details about the contest, including the registration form.

Season Calendar

The 2017 season calendar is available here.

Regional Competitions

All registered teams compete at the Regional Competition level. Each team fields two squads: Prosecution/Plaintiff and Defense. The squads compete independently of each other during the first two rounds and never meet each other in competition. Round I matches are randomly drawn (but not allowing both squads from two schools to meet each other; “head to head”). Round II matches are made using the Power Match system based on the results of each squad in round I.

After round II, the scores from both of the team’s squads are combined and the top two teams face off in a head-to-head match for the Region Championship.

The 2017 Regional Competitions will take place the weekend of Jan. 28-31. The top 48 teams will advance to the District Competition.

District Competitions

Districts are comprised of two Regions. The top three teams from each Region advance to the District Competition. All matches are head-to-head knockout rounds. Both Region Champions receive a bye for round I at District while the remaining matches pit the 2nd place teams against the 3rd place teams across the Regions. The winners of each match face the Region Champions in round II, where the two winning teams meet for the District Championship.

The 2017 District Competitions will take place the weekend of Feb. 18. The eight District Champions will advance to the State Finals Competition.

State Finals Competition

The State Finals Competition will be held at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville on Saturday, March 4, 2017, among the eight District Champion teams. Teams compete in head-to-head matches. After two rounds of competition, an Awards Ceremony will be held recognizing the eight District Champions, the Outstanding Witness and Outstanding Attorney Award recipients for the two preliminary Rounds, the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism Award, recognition of the Craig Harding Memorial Court Artist Contest Region and State Champions and the induction of the Student Bar of Georgia (from this season’s Law Academy).

2017 Judging Panel Volunteer Form

2017 Schedule

Team Checklist

Directions to Gwinnett Justice Center

Hotel Information for Parents/Spectators

General Information for Spectators

The National High School Mock Trial Championship

The Georgia State Champion qualifies to compete in the National High School Mock Trial Championship. The NHSMTC will take place the weekend of May 10-14, 2017, in Hartford, CT.

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