Registration is now open for the 2014 Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament.wphungerford
The Michigan Center for Civic Education announces that registration is now open for high schools to register in this year’s tournament.
The case is a criminal case surrounding the disappearance and alleged murder of a high-school student. Following Superior High School’s Senior Prom, “Sam” Seaside held a party while his/her parents were out of town. Among other things, when Sam’s parents returned, Mr. Seaside found that his gun was missing. The following weekend, Sam snuck out of the house to attend a pre-graduation party with some friends. Some of the other students who attended the party saw Sam arguing with his longtime friend “Nicki” Shore. Sometime later, Sam and Nicki left the party in Nicki’s car with “Jo” Turner, Nicki’s love interest. Nicki never returned home, but his/her car was found in the parking lot near the playground at a local park that Sunday. In the car, police found a bullet, and crime-lab analysis revealed that there were blood stains on the passenger-side interior. After interviewing the available witnesses and conducting extensive forensic analysis, police arrested and charged Sam Seaside for the murder of Nicki Shore. Nicki’s body was never found.
The MHSMTT has been organized and conducted by the Michigan Center for Civic Education since 1982. Teams of 6-10 students present arguments before panels of three judges per courtroom. One judge presides over the trial, while the others serve as the jury.
The MCCE is pleased to announce that this year’s competition will include a new regional tournament in Macomb County. We will also be returning for a second year to the Washtenaw County Courthouse.
Regional competitions will take place on the following dates:
March 1, 2014-Macomb County Regional
March 8, 2014–Ann Arbor Regional and Grand Rapids Regional
March 15, 2014- Pontiac Regional
The top 10 teams will compete in the State Finals on March 29, 2014, in Lansing.
The state champions will be eligible to compete in the National Mock Trial Championship in Madison, WI, May 8-10, 2014.
Interested schools can register for the Tournament here.
More information about the Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament is available here.]]>