The High School Mock Trial competitions are held each year in the fall. Regional trials are held in early winter in superior courts throughout the state, followed by quarter-finals, and semi-final contests. The state final mock trial competition is held at the Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford.
The High School Mock Trial Program, begun in 1976, is sponsored by Civics First. Throughout its history, thousands of students and their teachers have participated in the program: year after year the program includes over 700 students from more than 50 Connecticut high schools.
The Middle School Mock Trial competition, for students in grades 6-8, Take place in late winter and mid-spring regional tournaments are held at schools in the Hartford area and in the southern part of the state.
The Middle School Mock Trial Program began in 1997. Over the years participation has grown to over 350 students from more than 35 middle school teams competing in the middle school program.
All schools are welcome to participate in the Mock Trial Program. Click on the hyperlinks above to access the current year's competition page. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Mock trial has taught me not only how to be confident in my ability to make an argument properly, but to actually take charge and analyze a set of facts critically and thoughtfully so that I can properly write an argument. The best part is that these skills can be transferred to any subject and situation in life that I may come across."
Caitlin, currently a 9th grader
“Mock Trial taught me not to fear public speaking, to think on my feet and not let myself be intimidated in the face of a challenge. I cannot think of a program that so profoundly challenges and inspires students to go outside their comfort zone."
Scarlett, currently at Northwestern U.
“High school mock trial was a fantastic competitive outlet for all of us, and a chance to develop skills with incredibly high transference to our other projects.”
Henry, currently at Dartmouth