The 2014 Mock Trial Case
MOCK TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIP OF CNMI
COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS,
NOTE: All characters, names, events, places, and circumstances in this mock trial case are fictitious.
A PROJECT COORDINATED BY THE CNMI BAR ASSOCIATION
The 2014 CNMI High School Mock Trial Competition will be held on
March 7, 2014
at the Guma Hustisia/ Iimwal Aweewe/ House of Justice in Susupe, Saipan
Hafa Adai and welcome to the 16th season of High School Mock Trial in the CNMI! The CNMI High School Mock Trial competition was started in 1999 by the CNMI Bar Association and former Justice Ramon Villagomez as a way to introduce high school students to the justice system.
For the past 16 years teams from the CNMI’s public and private high schools have participated in the CNMI High School Mock Trial Competition. Teams comprising of 7-14 students are coached by volunteer attorneys and teachers to prepare the case materials for the competition. This year, the mock problem is the criminal fictitious case of Commonwealth v. Erin Napu. This case was adapted from materials provided by New Mexico. The CNMI Bar Association thanks the original case authors and the Center for Civic Values, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
During the mock trial competition, students will portray the role of attorneys and witnesses and must present both sides of the case as the prosecution and defense. The students will be judged based on their knowledge of the evidence, and ability to present a logical and persuasive case. CNMI Judges and attorneys serve as the presiding judges and jurors/evaluators.
The goals of the competition are: to promote and further the understanding and appreciation of the judicial system, court procedures and the legal system; to promote better communication and cooperation between the legal and educational communities; to improve awareness of current social and legal issues; and to provide an educational event to support students of all abilities and varying interests.
The time and number of rounds will depend on the number of teams competing. The tentative schedule for the competition will be as follows:
|Friday, March 8:||Round 1 to begin at 8:30 a.m.|
|Round 2 to begin at 11:00 a.m.|
|Round 3 to begin at 2:00 p.m.|
|Championship to begin at 4:30 p.m|
Resources for the 2014 Mock Trial Case:
(Please note that all resources are in PDF )
Specific Trial Documents:
Rules, Regulations, Procedures, etc...:
- NMI Rules of Competition
- National Rules of Competition
- National Rules of Evidence
- Ethics, Preparation, and general procedures
- Teacher-Coach Guidelines
- Student Acting Guide
If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, or comments, you may contact the mock trial coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and Si Yu’us Ma’ase for your continued support!