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.
|October 1, 2018||Team Registration Opens Register|
|October 15, 2018||Case Packet Released|
|November 5, 2018||Local Rules & Rules of Evidence Released|
|November 20, 2018 | 5:00 p.m.||Team Registration Closes|
|January 7, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.||Deadline to submit requests for Clarifications of Facts or Rules per Rule 1.1 (Round I)|
|January 11, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.||Deadline to submit Team Rosters to State Coordinator
Team Rosters should contain the school's name, team name(s), teacher coach's name(s), attorney coach's name(s), and students' names.
|February 4, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.||Deadline to submit requests for Clarifications of Facts or Rules per Rule 1.1 (Round II)|
|March 29-31, 2019||State Championship (Kansas City, MO)|
|May 16-18, 2019||2019 National Championship (Athens, Georgia)
2019 National Mock Trial Championship
Manuals & Forms
Case Packet updated 1/14/2019
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 Simone 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 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 Jake 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 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 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!
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.
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.
Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse | Saint Louis, Missouri
March 23—25, 2018