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November 21, 2019: Local Rules and Federal Rules of Evidence posted.
November 14, 2019: Revisions to case packet have been posted. Download Now
November 11, 2019: Revisions to case Jury Instructions and the MODPS Regulations will be posted by Friday, November 15.
Team registrations are now closed.

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.

2019-2020 Competition 
Competition Information

 Mock Trial Calendar

2019-20 Tentative Dates

October 1, 2019   Team Registration Opens  Register Now!
October 14, 2019   Case Packet Released
November 8, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.   Team Registration Closes
November 22, 2019   Local Rules & Rules of Evidence Released
January 17, 2020 | 5:00 p.m.   Deadline for payment of team registration fees.
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)
February 25 & 27, 2020   Kansas City Regional Finals (Independence)
March 3 & 5, 2020   St. Louis Regional Finals (Clayton)
March 27-29, 2020   State Championship (St. Charles)
May 6-9, 2020   2020 National Championship (Evansville, Indiana)
2020 National Mock Trial Championship
 

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Manuals & Forms

Team Registration
 

Local Rules (Competition Manual)

Code of Conduct

Federal Rules of Evidence (National Mock Trial Version)


Case Information

Case Packet
Case Packet updated 11/14/2019 3:13 p.m.

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 James O'Neill riding the new hit ride "The Flood." Onlookers' mouths dropped as they saw James stand in his boat, despite the ride's safety restraints, just before the boat plunged into the lake. James fell from the boat to his death.

James' 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…

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

Phil Raine
praine@slln.com


Out-State Region

TBD


Saint Louis Region

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

Coordinating Committee

Co-Chairs

Josh Jones
jmjcm8@gmail.com

Rebecca Nickelson
ran@heplerbroom.com

Saint Louis Bar Foundation Liaison

Missouri State Coordinator

Dan Barnett
dbarnett@bamsl.org

Rules Advisory Committee

Kansas City Region

Regional Coordinator
Phil Raine
phillip.raine@gmail.com
Attorney Coach
Tracy Hancock
Tracy.hancock@permobil.com
Teacher Coach
Christine Adams
christine_adams@isdschools.org
 

Out-State Region

Regional Coordinator
TBD
Attorney Coach
TBD
Teacher Coach
TBD
 

St. Louis Region

Regional Coordinator
Dan Barnett
dbarnett@bamsl.org
Attorney Coach
David Cox
david@coxesq.us
Teacher Coach
Randy Pierce
randebate@aol.com

 

2018-2019 Competition Schedule 
Kansas City

Location
Jackson County Courthouse (Kansas City), 415 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64106

Preliminary Rounds

Round 1: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Round 2: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Regionals

Round 1: Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Round 2: Thursday, January 31, 2019

Regionals Results

Out-State

Location
Mizzou Law, 203 Hulston Hall, Columbia, MO 65211

Regionals

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Volunteer

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 & Juror Volunteer Sign Up (St. Louis Region)

Preliminary Round 1

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Preliminary Round 1 Pairings

Preliminary Round 1 Rankings

Preliminaries Results

 

Preliminary Round 2

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
(Postponed due to weather)

 
Thursday, February 21, 2019
 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
(Make up date from Feb. 19)

Preliminary Round 2 Pairings

Preliminary Round 2 Rankings

Regionals

Round 1: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Round 2: Thursday, March 14, 2019

Schools Competing at Regionals

Regionals Pairings

Regionals Results

State Championship

Location
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.

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 Hotels & Restaurants

Schools Competing at State
     Kansas City Region - 5
     Out-State Region - 1
     St. Louis Region - 10

Pairings for Preliminary Rounds 1 & 2

Round 1

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

Round 2

Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.

Quarterfinal

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

Semi-Final

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

Final

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

 

2019 Missouri High School Mock Trial State Championship
Eastern Jackson County Courthouse | Independence, Missouri
March 29—31, 2019 

State Champion

Clayton High School (STL) is the 2019 State Champion of the Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition

The 2019 Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition State Champion is Clayton High School from the St. Louis Region.

 

Second place

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

Kirkwood High School from the St. Louis Region took second place in the State Championship of the 2019 Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition.

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