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Mock Trial Competition

September 19, 2018: 2019 Competition tentative dates posted.

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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 dbarnett@bamsl.org.

2018-2019 Competition 
Competition Information

Important Dates

October 1, 2018   Team Registration Opens  Register
October 15, 2018   Case Packet Released
Local Rules & Rules of Evidence Released
November 20, 2018 | 5:00 p.m.   Team Registration Closes
 

Team Registration

Team Contacts


Manuals & Forms

Local Rules (Competition Manual)

Code of Conduct

Federal Rules of Evidence (National Mock Trial Version)

Trial Team Roster & Duties Form - Plaintiff

Trial Team Roster & Duties Form - Defense

Sample Score Sheet/Ballot

Sample Comment Sheet


Case Information

Case Teaser

State of Missouri v. Jean Sertra

In a World…where murder is the worst kind of bad faith, former bartender and erstwhile philosopher, Jean P. Sertra got herself/himself hired on as props master on the set of Camera Obscura's new film "The Ozarks Stranger," being filmed at the Lake of the Ozarks. Sertra hands Simon(e) Buvwar, the film’s star, a loaded .44 handgun to use in the infamous "Killing a Stranger" scene. Buvwar raises the gun and fires at the chest of Jean Baptiste. Baptiste collapses backwards.

"That's a wrap!" yells the director, and the cast and crew begin to applaud Baptiste’s talent. Buvwar does not move, frozen in place as she/he realized what had just happened.

A quick investigation reveals who had handed the loaded weapon to Buvwar in place of the unloaded gun intended for the scene, and Sertra was arrested and taken to jail in Lake Ozark, Missouri. Sertra starts up a conversation with Max(ine) Fleischer there, who was being held on unrelated charges. Fleischer went to prosecutors with Sertra's story in exchange for leniency in her/his own sentencing.

However, something did not sit right with Big City Mutual Insurance Company adjuster Jacqueline/Jack Brown. Brown had been asked to investigate the wrongful death claim turned in by Baptiste's family. After being on the claim for just a few days, Brown received an anonymous call suggesting Brown should follow up on a life insurance claim that had just been turned in by a company called Mollusk Corp. Sure enough, Frieda Nitchy, the producer of "L'Etrange" had taken out a life insurance policy on Baptiste just days before her/his death and used the money to pay off investors in the movie rather than the grieving family of Jean Baptiste. Brown learned from the Sheriff that Sertra had told her/him the gun used to kill Baptiste was given to Sertra by the producer of the show, Frieda Nitchy.

Jealousy? A coverup for a pyramid scheme? Find out in "The Stranger" playing now at a courtroom near you!

Case Packet

Clarifications of Facts or Rules — Round 1

The Paige Notes
Note: The Paige Notes are a resource prepared by Hon. David Lee Vincent, III. In the event of a conflict, the official Case Packet, Mock Trial Local Rules, Rules of Evidence, and Case Questions & Clarifications are controlling.

Regional Coordinators

Kansas City Region - LAKC-YLS


Out-State Region

TBD


Saint Louis Region & Missouri State Coordinator

Dan Barnett
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
(314) 485-3803
dbarnett@bamsl.org

Volunteers

Attorney-Coach Volunteer Sign Up

Judge & Evaluator Volunteer Sign Up (St. Louis Region)

Judge & Evaluator Volunteer Form - State Championship

Judge & Evaluator Orientation Packet

2019 National Mock Trial Championship

May 16—18, 2019 | Athens, Georgia

2019 National Mock Trial Championship Website

Materials for nationals will be released on April 1, 2019.

2018-2019 Competition Schedule 
Kansas City

Preliminary Rounds

Round 1: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (TENTATIVE)

Round 2: Thursday, January 17, 2019 (TENTATIVE)

Regionals

Round 1: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (TENTATIVE)

Round 2: Thursday, January 31, 2019 (TENTATIVE)

Out-State

TBD

Saint Louis

Location
St. Louis County Circuit Courts Building, 105 S. Central Ave., Clayton, MO 63105

Courthouse Security
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.

Judge & Evaluator Volunteer Sign Up (St. Louis Region)

Preliminary Round 1

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (TENTATIVE)
Thursday, January 17, 2019 (TENTATIVE)

Preliminary Round 1 Pairings

Preliminary Round 1 Rankings

Preliminary Rounds 1 & 2 Cumulative Results

 

Preliminary Round 2

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 (TENTATIVE)
Thursday, February 7, 2019 (TENTATIVE)

Preliminary Round 2 Pairings

Preliminary Round 2 Rankings

Regionals

Round 1: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (TENTATIVE)
Round 2: Thursday, February 28, 2019 (TENTATIVE)

Schools Competing at Regionals

Regionals Pairings

Regionals Rounds 1 & 2 Cumulative Results

State Championship

Location
Kansas City, Missouri

Courthouse Security
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.

Judge & Evaluator Volunteer Form - State Championship

State Championship Schedule & Hotels/Restaurants

Schools Competing at State
Kansas City Region - TBD
Out-State Region - TBD
St. Louis Region - TBD

Pairings for Preliminary Rounds 1 & 2

Round 1

Friday, March 29, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. (TENTATIVE)

Round 2

Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. (TENTATIVE)

Quarterfinal

Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. (TENTATIVE)

Semi-Final

Sunday, March 31, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. (TENTATIVE)

Final

Sunday, March 31, 2019 | 12:30 p.m. (TENTATIVE)

 

2018 Missouri High School Mock Trial State Championship
Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse | Saint Louis, Missouri
March 23—25, 2018 

State Champion

Kirkwood High School (STL) is the 2018 State Champion of the Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition

The 2018 Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition State Champion is Kirkwood High School from the St. Louis Region.

 

Second place

Truman High School (KC) won second place at the State Championship of the Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition

Truman High School from the Kansas City Region took second place in the State Championship of the 2018 Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition.