Guidelines/Helpful Information for Teams
For a complete listing of the Rules of the Competition and the Simplified Rules of Evidence, please refer to the official case packet of the Texas High School Mock Trial Competition
1. Teams consist of 6-10 high school students--from any grade (9th-12th)
2. Team members must meet T.E.A. requirements for eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities.
3. Teams will first compete at the regional competition level based on the T.E.A. Education Service Center regions (Regions 1-20); regional coordinators will be responsible for informing registered teams about the date, location and any additional fees in competing at the regional level. Teams can figure out what region they are in by going to the “District Locator” tab on the Texas Education Agency’s website: Here. (click on the Map)
4. The fact situation, rules, and informational materials (i.e. the “case packet”) developed by the Texas High School Mock Trial Program will be used throughout the state and at each level of the competition.
5. Teams interested in participating in the program (or would like to receive a copy of the case packet materials) will need to complete the online registration form and submit the required fee.
6. Teams are encouraged to enlist assistance from an attorney in preparing for the mock trial process.
7. New teams might be interested in purchasing additional helpful materials in preparing for competition – DVDs of past competitions, prior case packets, etc. -- these are available for sale on the online registration form.
8. Attorneys and judges will be responsible for judging teams in the competition.
9. All case materials and criteria for judging are included online as part of the case packet materials.
10. At the state level tournament, if the number of qualifying teams equals an uneven number, the state coordinator will draw one wild card team (from all regions that have more than two teams competing) and that wild card team will be notified and have the opportunity to advance to state.
11. Opposing school teams will be randomly paired in the preliminary rounds of the competition.
12. The state championship team will advance to the National High School
Mock Trial Championship in May.