Civics First is proud to announce the publication of the 2020-2021 high school mock trial problem, State v. Wilbur Merritt IV. Please note the following updates about mock trial for the 2020-2021 season:
- Due to COVID-19 field trip and courthouse restrictions, the regional rounds of the competition will be held virtually via the Zoom platform. Should circumstances permit, we will consider holding at least some of the playoff rounds in person.
- Civics First will entertain questions about the problem until October 31, 2020.
- Online registration will open in the next few weeks.The registration fee will be $125 per team. The regional dates will closely track the dates and times we've used in the past, starting shortly after Thanksgiving and running until before Holiday Break. To avoid "Zoom fatigue" for our volunteers and participants, it is likely that there will be more split days, where teams will present each side of their cases on separate days (like in New Britain or New Haven), rather than both sides on a single day (like in Stamford or Waterbury). More evening slots will be added as well.
- We recently received technical guidance from our colleagues at the National High School Mock Trial Championship, which includes numerous competition rules governing the presentation of a mock trial in a virtual format. We are working to adapt these rules to Connecticut and the Zoom platform provided by the Connecticut Bar Association as quickly as possible. None will change your early preparation efforts.
Thank you for participating in high school mock trial during this very challenging year. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
2020-2021 High School Mock Trial Materials