Mock Trial

Mock trials have proven to be an effective learning tool for students of all grade levels. It helps them understand the law, practice critical thinking, and gain greater confidence with public speaking by assuming the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictional criminal or civil trial. Participants experience first-hand the difficulties that judges, lawyers and juries face in determining which facts are relevant and what legal arguments are effective. 


 High School Competition


Village Home Education Resource Center Mock Trial Team – 2015 State Champions

Each year, more than 70 teams, totaling some 1,200 students, compete at regional, state and national levels — with support from more than 500 attorneys, educators and other community representatives acting as coaches, judges and coordinators.

Save the Dates!
February 27, 2016 – Regional Mock Trial Competitions, statewide
March 11-12, 2016 – State Mock Trial Competition, Portland, Oregon
May 12-14, 2016 – National Mock Trial Finals, Boise, Idaho



 Mini Mock Trial

Friday, December 11, 2015Multnomah County Courthouse, Portland

Times: Round 1 – 5:00PM*        Round 2 – 7:00PM*

This event gives students an opportunity to gain experience, try out new roles and skills, and encourages high schools to start a team.

Mini Mock Registration has closed. The 2015 event is full.

Mini Mock Judge Registration

2015 Mini Mock case | State v. Caufield

There are 4 witnesses per side in this year’s Mini Mock Case
Two teams per school maximum may participate in the Mini Mock Event
Teams may be any size for Mini Mock

*Start times are approximate. Mini Mock operates on a rolling start, so unlike the competition, teams will be starting and finishing at varying times.

 Mock Trial Resources

Case Archive: For a list and access to previous mock trial cases, please click here.

Video of 2015 State Finals (the password is:  mocktrial15)

Mock Trial Manual: For step by step instructions, lesson plans, and supplementary resources: Manual | Handouts | Appendix

Find handouts from the 2014 Middle School Mock Trial Workshop led by Susie Marcus here.

Just interested in putting on a mock trial with your class or community group without the commitment of the competition?  Check out the extensive mock trial collection available for download on our Resource page.