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NYS Mock Trial

About The New York State High School Mock Trial Program       

The New York State High School Mock Trial Program is a joint venture of The New York Bar Foundation, the New York State Bar Association, and the Law, Youth and Citizenship Program. In this educational program, high school students have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of civil/criminal law and courtroom procedures. Thousands of students participate each year.  Objectives of the tournament are to: Teach students ethics, civility and professionalism; further students’ understanding of the law, court procedures and the legal system; improve proficiency in basic life skills, such as listening, speaking, reading and reasoning; promote better communication and cooperation among the school community, teachers and students and members of the legal profession, and heighten appreciation for academic studies and stimulate interest in law-related careers. 

Learn more about our New York State High School Mock Trial Program.   Click here to view the brochure. 


Future Dates for NYS Mock Trial State Finals
♦ 2020  -  May 17-19 at the Hilton, 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY

♦ 2021 - May 23-25 | Hilton Albany
♦ 2022 - May 22-24 | Hilton Albany
♦ 2023 - May 21-23 | Hilton Albany
♦ 2024 - May 19-21 | Hilton Albany


Congratulations to the 2019 Winners:

♦ FAYETTEVILLE-MANLIUS HIGH SCHOOL (Onondaga County) - STATE CHAMPION

♦ THE MOUNT ACADEMY (Ulster County) - RUNNER-UP


Special Acknowledgement to the other six teams who competed in the State Finals:

♦ Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart (Erie County)

♦ Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School (Schenectady County)

♦ Forest Hills High School (Queens County)

♦ Brooklyn Technical High School (Kings County)

♦ The Wheatley School (Nassau County)

♦ Northport High School (Suffolk County)


Important Links

Mock Trial Case and Corrections

Mock Trial Finals Information

Attorney CLE Credit Request Form

Tournament Information for County Coordinators


Other Links

Mock Trial Case Archives

Mock Trial 101 Training Video

Past Mock Trial Finals Videos (2012-present)

Past Mock Trial Regional Champions (1982-present) 

The 2020 Mock Trial case is expected to be released at the end of November.  The case will be posted here after that.


CLICK HERE FOR THE MOST CURRENT VERSION OF THE CASE  
(Note: This link will always provide the most current version of the case and will include all corrections and revised pages).


Note: It is possible that once the case has been released and teams begin to work with it, questions may arise, and corrections may be required.  All questions and comments about the case should be submitted in writing (no phone calls please) and sent to your County Coordinator or to the NYS Bar Mock Trial Statewide Coordinator for review.  If necessary, the Statewide Coordinator will forward the questions to the Mock Trial Subcommittee for their review, and if necessary, a Correction Memo will be issued, along with any revised pages which may need to be inserted into the case booklet.  All Correction Memos and Revised Pages will be provided to the County Coordinators, who will notify the team coaches/advisors. The Correction Memo and Revised Pages will also be posted here for easy access. Once a Correction Memo has been issued, the current pages in the case booklet should immediately be replaced with the Revised Pages.  An updated version of the case will also be available at the link above if you choose to reprint the entire case.


CLICK HERE FOR CORRECTION MEMOS AND CORRESPONDING REVISED PAGES

Instructions for updating your copy of the case when a Correction Memo has been issued:  

1. PRINT the most recent Correction Memo and Revised Pages.

2. REPLACE current pages in your case booklet with the most recent revised pages.  


Current Mock Trial Tournament Rules/Policies/Procedures
Click here to view and/or print the most current version of the Mock Trial Tournament Rules, Policies and Procedures.  

Click here for a summary of the 2020 Rule changes (all changes are included in the case booklet).


Relevant Caselaw Text
Click here to view and/or print the text of each of the caselaw summaries listed in the mock trial case materials (page xxx).   


All questions or comments about the case should be submitted in writing (no phone calls please) to:

Kim Francis
Mock Trial Statewide Coordinator    
New York State Bar Association 
[email protected] 


New York High School Mock Trial State Finals
May 17-19, 2020 (Sunday-Tuesday)
Albany, NY


Details for teams competing in the State Finals will be available here later in 2020.