The Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition was founded by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) in 1979 and is BAMSL's most established program. The program is supported by the Saint Louis Bar Foundation and the Missouri Lawyer Trust Account Foundation.
As BAMSL's only statewide Law-Related Education program, the Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition serves over 500 students from more than 40 schools throughout Missouri and is supported by 400 attorneys who volunteer as coaches, judges, and evaluators. The mock trials are structured like real courtroom trials and follow the same rules and procedures, so students learn first-hand how the legal system works and what role judges, lawyers, juries, and witnesses play in the court system. This increased understanding helps students develop a deeper appreciation for our justice system and the administration of justice. The competition also helps students develop and improve their public speaking and critical thinking skills.
For additional information or to volunteer, please contact the Missouri State Coordinator, Dan Barnett, at (314) 485-3803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019-20 Tentative Dates
|October 1, 2019||Team Registration Opens Register|
|October 14, 2019||Case Packet Released|
|November 4, 2019||Local Rules & Rules of Evidence Released|
|November 8, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.||Team Registration Closes|
|January 21 & 23, 2020||St. Louis Regional Preliminary Round 1 (Clayton)|
|February 4 & 6, 2020||Kansas City Regional Preliminary Rounds (Independence)|
|February 18 & 20, 2020||St. Louis Regional Preliminary Round 2 (Clayton)|
|March 3 & 5, 2020||Kansas City Regional Finals (Independence)|
|St. Louis Regional Finals (Clayton)|
|March 27-29, 2020||State Championship (TBD)|
|May 6-9, 2020||2020 National Championship (Evansville, Indiana)
2020 National Mock Trial Championship
Manuals & Forms
Case Teaser 2019-20
O'Neill v. Adventure Holdings, LLC
Dragons Bay advertises itself as family fun for all ages. The theme park, located in Southfield, Missouri, is acres and acres of cotton candy, funnel cakes, roller coasters, game booths, water rides, birthday parties, and everything else you would expect of a modern theme park. One of the most popular rides in the park is The Flood, a luge type ride where patrons board boats and traverse a winding river with dips and climbs. The climax of The Flood is a long downhill plunge into a lake of water that promises to drench riders and onlookers alike.
On June 30, 2018, tragedy struck the Dragons Bay in Southfield. Eye witnesses report seeing Christopher O'Neill riding the new hit ride "The Flood." Onlookers' mouths dropped as they saw Christopher stand in his boat, despite the ride's safety restraints, just before the boat plunged into the lake. Christopher fell from the boat to his death.
Christopher's parents have filed suit against Adventure Holdings, LLC, the company that runs Dragons Bay, alleging negligence. Settlement negotiations have gone poorly, and the case appears destined for trial…
Saint Louis Bar Foundation Liaison
Missouri State Coordinator
Rules Advisory Committee
Kansas City Region
St. Louis Region
Round 1: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Round 2: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Round 1: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Round 2: Thursday, January 31, 2019
As you enter any of the St. Louis County court buildings you will be required to pass through a security checkpoint. No exceptions will be allowed. People with disabilities will need to speak to the security staff for the necessary accommodations. The security checkpoint is very similar to airport security checkpoints in that you will be required to place any hand carried items (i.e., purses, briefcases, packages, lunch boxes, umbrellas, etc.) on the black conveyor belt of the x-ray machine. You will also be required to empty your pockets of any metal items (e.g. keys, pens, loose change, cigarette packs, foil wrapped items, wallets, pagers, cell phones) into a plastic basket available at the checkpoint. You will place the plastic basket of items from your pockets on the black conveyor belt. No weapons of any kind will be allowed.
All trials begin at 6:00 PM. Volunteers should check-in by 5:30 PM.
Preliminary Round 1
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Eastern Jackson County Courthouse, 308 W Kansas, Independence, MO 64050
Note: Due to severe water damage, the State Championship rounds will be held at the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse in Independence rather that the downtown Jackson County Courthouse.
As you enter the courthouse you will be required to pass through a security checkpoint. No exceptions will be allowed. People with disabilities will need to speak to the security staff for the necessary accommodations. The security checkpoint is very similar to airport security checkpoints in that you will be required to place any hand carried items (i.e., purses, briefcases, packages, lunch boxes, umbrellas, etc.) on the black conveyor belt of the x-ray machine. You will also be required to empty your pockets of any metal items (e.g. keys, pens, loose change, cigarette packs, foil wrapped items, wallets, pagers, cell phones) into a plastic basket available at the checkpoint. You will place the plastic basket of items from your pockets on the black conveyor belt. No weapons of any kind will be allowed.
Schools Competing at State
Kansas City Region - 5
Out-State Region - 1
St. Louis Region - 10
Friday, March 29, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 31, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 31, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.
Eastern Jackson County Courthouse | Independence, Missouri
March 29—31, 2019