The 2016 Mock Trial Case
MOCK TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIP OF CNMI
NOTE: All characters, names, events, places, and circumstances in this mock trial case are fictitious.
A PROJECT COORDINATED BY THE CNMI BAR ASSOCIATION
The 2016 CNMI High School Mock Trial Competition will be held on
February 11-12, 2016
at the Guma Hustisia/ Iimwal Aweewe/ House of Justice in Susupe, Saipan
Hafa Adai and welcome to the 18th 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 18 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 an adaptation of a prior case created for and utilized by the Colorado Bar Association High School Mock Trial Program. The CNMI Bar Association and NMI Judiciary are grateful to Carolyn P. Gravit, Director, Public Legal Education Department, Meghan S. Bush, Program Manager, Public Legal Education Department, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Denver Bar Association for their assistance and permission to adapt the case for our 2016 CNMI High School Mock Trial.
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 schedule for the competition (February 26-27) will be announced soon.
Resources for the 2016 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!