High School Mock Trial

2015 State Champions- Westerville North Team DarrowHigh School
2015 State Champions- Westerville North Team DarrowHigh School
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Ohio High School Mock Trial offers an innovative approach to learning about law and how our legal system functions. Guided by teachers and volunteer legal advisors, students participate in an original, unscripted simulated trial written by attorneys.  High school students argue both sides of the case in real courtrooms across the state.  The state finals are held in the Ohio Statehouse, and the winner advances to the national competition.

Order this year's case

To order the 2016 High School Mock Trial case CLICK HERE. Please note: Cases are not shipped until after the Law and Citizenship Conference, beginning September 22,2015. Law and Citizenship Conference registrants are entitled to a copy of the case and can pick up the case at the conference beginning Sept. 20.

2016 Mock Trial Case Capsule: State of Harmony v. Riley Green

     AJ Bryant has attended the medieval fair in Buckeye, Harmony for several years, and is hoping that this year’s archer costume is authentic enough to win the costume contest. AJ is attending the fair with a friend, Sam Jones, who lives near the fairgrounds. As they are walking to the fair, the pair stop at a convenience store and while inside, AJ causes a disturbance while playing in character with a bow and arrow. The store owner calls the police, and as Officer Green arrives on the scene, he finds Sam and AJ arguing in the parking lot. AJ pulls out his bow and arrow, and Officer Green makes the decision to use deadly force to prevent further harm. Officer Green is charged with felonious assault and the case has been bifurcated; the Court will first hear testimony on Defendant’s affirmative defense that the use of deadly force was justified. This case will explore the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures as it applies to the use of force by an officer to deter or eliminate the threat of harm to the public and officer.

 

Be among the first to receive a copy of the case file by attending the Law & Citizenship Conference September 20 & 21! Can’t attend the conference? The case order form is coming soon!

 

Click on the video below to view the 2015 High School Mock Trial final round-Westerville North vs. Ashland HS

 

 

 

Mock Trial Objectives

  • Improve critical thinking, reading, writing, public speaking and listening skills
  • Develop understanding and appreciation for the law, court procedures, and the judicial system

  • Understand constitutional rights and responsibilities

  • Recognize and reward students’ academic and intellectual achievements

New:  Mock Trial Video Tutorial!

A Mock Trial how-to for teachers and students, the video outlines Mock Trial elements – opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments – with examples of each in a simulated trial.

 

Thank you to Westerville North High School Mock Trial team and the Ohio State Bar Association.

Authentic Assessment

Each year vol­un­teer at­tor­neys cre­ate an orig­i­nal case around a cur­rent con­sti­tu­tional issue im­por­tant to stu­dents.  Mock Trial teams work with an at­tor­ney or a judge to pre­pare their case – from both the plain­tiff and de­fense per­spec­tive. Com­pe­ti­tions at the dis­trict, re­gional and state lev­els are con­ducted in an ac­tual court­room and are scored by pan­els of lawyers and judges.

It’s Easy to Get Involved

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education presents several professional development workshops for beginning Mock Trial teachers.  A new case is released each autumn. The mock trial competition manual includes the case, competition rules, case law, rules of evidence and teaching materials. For more information about becoming involved with the Ohio High School Mock Trial program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Caitlyn Smith, csmith@oclre.org 614-485-3507.

 

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