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Middle School Mock Trial Tournament

New Image.JPGThe Justice Iredell Middle School Mock Trial Tournament is an educational team program where middle school students have the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of civil/criminal law and courtroom procedures. Students representing attorneys and witnesses for both sides of a fictional case role play that case being tried in court.

A team led by a teacher is ideally composed of between six and sixteen students, but can have more students on each team as alternates. The students are guided in their case through support of their teacher and attorney coaches.  T
he program teaches the legal process and trial procedure. Hundreds of students participate each year.

The 2014 Middle School Mock Trial Regional Tournament will be held at regional courthouses across the state on Friday, December 12, 2014. 

NOW AVAILABLE Middle School Mock Trial Criminal Case and training videos! 

Objectives of the tournament are to:
• Teach students ethics, civility and professionalism;
• Further students’ understanding of the law, court procedures and the legal system;
• Improve proficiency in basic life skills, such as listening, speaking, reading and reasoning;
• Promote better communication and cooperation among the school community, teachers and students and members of the legal profession; and
• Heighten appreciation for academic studies and stimulate interest in law-related careers.

Regional competitions are held each year in December with the top teams from each region advancing to the state championship in January.

Are you interested in coaching or sponsoring a team? If so, please contact the LRE Department at 919-677-0561 or email

The Justice Iredell Middle School Middle School Mock Trial Tournament is now an official
NCSSM Challenge Cup Partner 

What does this mean?
This means participation and excellence in these competitions will earn schools NCASA Scholastic Cup or NCSSM Challenge Cup points the same way points are earned by participating in NCASA competitions.

Read here to learn how to get your school involved in the NCSSM Challenge Cup.

2014 Battle of the Carolinas 2014 State Final winners

2013 Tournament winners  

Interested in the NC High School Mock Trial Competition
Visit the Carolina Center for Civic Education website.

Interested in the NC Elementary School Mock Trial Competition?
View more details on our website.