The Kentucky Court of Justice invites you and your students to participate in a truly exciting educational experience- the annual Kentucky High School Mock Trial Tournament. The Mock Trial Tournament is recognized as one of the best law-related education programs in the state. Since 1985, teams from many public and private high schools in Kentucky have participated in the tournaments.
The Mock Trial tournament trains high school students to interpret facts presented in civil and criminal cases. After a semester of practices and scrimmages, students take part in a mock trial competition where they prepare a court case under the supervision of teachers and attorney coaches.
A Mock Trial team includes a maximum of 13 students. Team members play the roles of attorney, witness and time-keeper. Teams are evaluated on the ability to make a logical, cohesive and persuasive presentation rather than on the legal merits of the case.
Mock Trial teams participate in at least four rounds of competition. The winning team will represent Kentucky at the National High School Mock Trial Competition.
To participate, there is a registration fee of $150 made payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer. Registration is in the early fall, at the beginning of the school year. Each year, all of the local high schools should receive a mock trial entry form.
- Increase students' comprehension of the historical and philosophical basis of the American judicial system.
- Provide meaningful opportunities for students to develop and exhibit leadership skills.
- Cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships between education and the legal profession.