The 2020 season starts with the Regional Competition the weekend of February 1 and concludes at State Finals March 21 and 22. The full 2020 season calendar is available here.
Use the links below to find more details about the season:
The Craig Harding Memorial Court Artist Contest was held during the 2020 Regional Competitions the weekend of February 1, 2020. Each team competing in the Mock Trial Competition was able to register up to three artists for the contest. Each contestant had the three Rounds of competition to produce up to two drawings for judging. The submissions will be judged by art professors at the Savannah College of Art and Design, who will choose a winner from each Region and name a State Champion and State Finalist Court Artist.
The Georgia State Champion will have the opportunity to compete in the National Courtroom Artist Contest at the 2020 National High School Mock Trial Championship in Evansville, IN the weekend of May 7-10.
More information about the 2020 Contest can be found on the Court Artist Contest's page.
All registered teams competed at the Regional Competition level. The state is divided into sixteen geographic Regions with teams assigned by the Mock Trial office. All teams competed in three Rounds of competition (there is no Final Round for the top-two teams as in seasons past).
For the duration of the 2020 season, each team consists of 6-12 competing students and will present one side of the case each Round, being assgined to either the Prosecution or Defense. Teams are guaranteed to present both sides of the case at least once. Schools may field multiple teams in the competition but will compete as independent teams. Students who do not have a competition (speaking) role for their team are designated "non-competing students" but are welcome, and encouraged, to attend to support the team.
Round 1 matches were randomly drawn (but not allowing teams from the same school to meet each other). Rounds 2 and 3's matches were made using the Power Match system based on the cumulative results of each team in previous rounds.
After Round 3, the cumulative scores from all three rounds were totaled, creating the final ranking of teams. The top-ranked team was declared the Region Champion, with the top tree teams from each Region (48 teams statewide) advancing to the District Competition.
The 2020 Regional Competitions took place the weekend of Feb. 1.
The top three teams from each Region advanced to the District Competitions. Each District is comprised of two Regions. All teams will compete in three Rounds of competition (there is no Round 1 bye for the Regional Champions as in seasons past.)
Round 1's matches are made using the final ranking from the Regional Competition. Rounds 2 and 3's matches are made using the Power Match system based on the cumulative results of each team in previous rounds.
After Round 3, the cumulative scores from all three rounds are totaled, creating the final ranking of teams. The top two-ranked teams from each District (sixteen teams statewide) will advance to the State Finals Competition.
The 2020 District Competitions will take place the weekend of Feb. 22 in eight locations around the state. Details about each District's location and schedule can be found here.
The top two teams from each District will advance to the State Finals Competition at the Gwinnett Jutice and Administration Center on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, 2020. Round 1's matches are randomly drawn (but not allowing the two teams from the same District to meet each other). Rounds 2 and 3's matches are made using the Power Match system based on the cumulative results of each team in previous rounds.
After Round 3, the cumulative scores from all three rounds are totaled, creating the final ranking of teams. The two top-ranked teams will advance to the Final Round on Sunday afternoon to decide the State Champion.
After Round 3, an Awards Ceremony will be held recognizing the Outstanding Witness and Outstanding Attorney Award recipients for the three preliminary Rounds, the Trinh Hyunh Memorial Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism Award, recognition of the Craig Harding Memorial Court Artist Contest's Region and State Champions and the induction of the 2019 Class of the Student Bar of Georgia (from this season’s Law Academy in August).
Photo Release form for all students (to be turned in by team at registration)
General Information for Spectators
The Georgia State Champion qualifies to compete in the National High School Mock Trial Championship. The NHSMTC will take place the weekend of May 7-10, 2020, in Evansville, IN.