Mock Trial

Welcome to Michigan Mock Trial

Welcome!

This page will feature the information you need for successful participation in the 2022-2023 Mock Trial and Companion Program Series.

This page will feature:

  • Information on teacher and coaches monthly round robins
  • Case Materials (released early November 2022)
  • Regional workshops (beginning February 11, 2023)
  • Clinic Information
  • 2023 Regional Series
  • 2023 State Finals (likely March 18, 2023)

Also, you use this page to register for regionals and pay for registration. This will also be where you complete your team roster. Thank you for valuing civic and law-related education!

A note on public health: 

As of right now, the regional events will likely contain one virtual competition and the others in person. The virtual regional will likely be early-mid February with the in person events to follow. This will be reviewed monthly and align with public health and accessibility.  States, if in person, will likely be in Lansing at the Veteran’s Courthouse.

What is Mock Trial? What are the Benefits of Mock Trial?

Mock Trial is an amazing extra-curricular, co-curricular, and curricular program. Mock Trial advances knowledge and skills incorporating trial procedure, justice, rule of law, and more while encouraging teamwork, collaboration, and public speaking skills.

Watch students transform themselves into witnesses and attorneys and enact case facts in front of attorneys and judges in real life (or virtually real life) courtrooms. 

MCCE is also committed to expanding access to the law and justice. Our new companion programs encourage the storytelling necessary to tell the human experience inside the courtroom. Courtroom Artists illustrate the stories and Courtroom Journalists report on the information for the whole world to see, understand, and appreciate. Moreover, MCCE is dedicated to providing accessibility to current and future members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities and their interpreters. ASL interpreters who are seeking ‘hands up’ time in courtrooms may use the high school mock trial series to approximate the real life of the courtroom while earning additional training hours for their certificate credentials. 

Middle school and elementary programs coming soon! MCCE is seeking sponsors who share this commitment to help expand to reach each and every school in Michigan. Message us if you want to help amplify the benefits of this program. 

Want to start a team? Wonderful – we are here to help. Please start with this helpful FAQ about getting started in Michigan.

To learn more about the benefits of Mock Trial – please click here.

Welcome! School Information

Information pending for the 2022-2023 school year.  Please expect the general following timeline:

  • Regional workshops pending
  • Coaches workshops – one Monday a month
  • Case release on Tuesday, November 1, 2023
  • Virtual clinic
  • School Registration deadline – January 13, 2023 (number of teams and regional preference)
  • School team member and coaches list due no later than January 23, 2023
  • Regionals – February 11 – March 11
  • Reception – March 17
  • State Finals – March 18
School Orientations: 
MCCE will continue a series of virtual school orientations this year. Our goal is to welcome students into MCCE as well as address questions and processes for everyone. Coach and/or students can attend. We will review the likely schematics, go over how to read the program, Zoom naming conventions (if online), and address any and all questions you may have. This was deemed helpful by those who attended and helped ease some of the technology concerns and process questions for the day. All orientations must occur prior to the start of the first regional. Email MCCE at mock trial at miciviced.org for the Zoom link.
School Orientation Dates and Times:
Monday, Feb. 6 at 3:00 pm
Monday, Feb. 6 at 6:00 pm.
Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 3:00pm
Thursday, Feb. 9 at 3:00pm
Each session is anticipated to last 45 minutes.

Volunteer Information and Sign Up

All materials used for the virtual events can be found here! Catch up on all the videos, resources, and tips that will help make your day smooth and successful.

Monthly Teacher & Coach Roundtable Conversations!

Please join in the monthly teacher and coaches roundtables. These will be structured to include three components to help mobilize the law related education communities through mock trial. At each session expect:

a) Updates on the Mock Trial season from MCCE

b) A mini professional learning session on an issue of import to the community and mock trial practice and

c) Time for you to ask questions of each other to advance mock trial in your schools.

Right now these are scheduled for 5:30-6:30 on Mondays once a month beginning September 26.

Please reserve:

  • Monday, September 26
  • Monday, October 24
  • Monday, November 14
  • Monday, December 12
  • Monday, January 23
  • Monday, February 6 (if needed)

Please complete this form to receive the Zoom link.

2022 Case Materials, Rules, and Companion Program Information

The 2022-2023 case will be a criminal case. Check back early November for its release!

Curious about last year’s civil case? You are welcome to review both the case and the rules below:

2021-2022 Case Materials – Hamlin v Orange

Virtual Rules and Procedures

Artist Rules and Guidelines

Journalist Rules and Guidelines

Questions, Clarifications, and Inquiries about the Case? (Link Pending upon release of case)

Competition and Showcase Plans

Thank you in advance for contributing to the development of young legal minds. This section of the website serves to provide event information and registration for schools participating in the legal, artistry, and journalism regional events.

Thank you for your patience as the MCCE Board of Directors, the MCCE Programming Committee, the National High School Mock Trial Board of Directors, numerous courthouses, and additional volunteers worked together to develop a plan for the 2022-2023 season.  We are reaching out to the courthouses at this time to see if and how they wish for student groups to engage in their spaces.

Updated Tentative Dates for Mock Trial and the Artistry and Reporting Companion Programs. All competition events are virtual and scheduled for Saturdays. Deep appreciation to the Oakland County Bar Foundation and the Macomb County Bar Foundation for their enduring support!

  • February 11, 2023 –  Virtual
  • February 18, 2023 –
  • February 25, 2023 –
  • March 4, 2023 – Macomb County. Thank you to the Macomb County Bar Foundation. Date confirmed.
  • March 11, 2023 –
  • Virtual Student Reception
  • Virtual Adult Evening Reception  hosted by the Litigation Section
  • March 18, 2023 – MCCE’s Mock Trial State Championship and Showcase
  • May  18-20, 2023 – National High School Mock Trial Championship – Little Rock, Arkansas

Resources for Schools

Thank You!

Our partners and sponsors make Mock Trial possible! Thank you: