The Craig Harding Memorial Court Artist Contest was conducted at the Regional Competitions the weekend of January 30. The artists' submissions were evaluated by professors from the Savannah College of Art and Design and Region. Please see the Court Artist Contest page for more details about the contest, including a list of the 2016 winners.
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 2016 Regional Competitions were conducted the weekend of Jan. 28-31.
The top 48 teams have advanced to the District Competition.
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 2016 District Competitions took place the weekend of Feb. 27. The eight District Champions advanced to the State Finals Competition.
State Finals Competition
The State Finals Competition were held at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville on Saturday, March 19, 2016, among the eight District Champion teams. Teams competed in head-to-head matches. After two rounds of competition, an Awards Ceremony was 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).
After the Awards Ceremony, Northview High School and Jonesboro High School advanced to the Final Round Saturday afternoon/evening, where Jonesboro High School was crowned the 2016 State Champion.