2016 High School Mock Trial Tournament

Presented with the Michigan Center for Civic Education

This year, the tournament is scheduled to run on:

  • February 20, 2016, in Ann Arbor at the Washtenaw County Trial Courthouse
  • February 27, 2016, in Pontiac at the Oakland County Circuit Courthouse
  • March 5, 2016, in Mt. Clemens at the Macomb County Circuit Courthouse & Grand Rapids at the Kent County Circuit Courthouse
  • March 19, 2016, in Lansing at the Veteran's Memorial Courthouse

The Michigan Center for Civic Education is once again seeking volunteers to assist with the annual Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament. The Center currently needs attorneys to volunteer as Judges and law students, legal assistants, and other legal professionals to serve as Court Officers in Ann Arbor (February 20), Pontiac (February 27), Mt. Clemens & Grand Rapids (March 5), and Lansing (March 19).

If you are interested in helping, please fill out the volunteer registration form.

For more information, please contact James Liggins at jliggins@miciviced.org.

    This year's case promises to be relevant, challenging and thought-provoking as students grapple with allegations that a bullying victim resorted to criminal actions in response to perceived mistreatment by peers.

    Detective Rory Riley received a call on the Park Lane City Police Department's anonymous tip line informing the detective of a suspicious container near the high school cafeteria. It is a clear container holding liquid and taped around the container was a wristwatch, wires, a battery, and metal igniter strip. The school is evacuated. The device is neutalized.

    The following day, Sawyer Simpson, a senior at Park Lane High, visited Det. Riley claiming to have information about the incident and accusing fellow senior, Casey Campbell, of planting the device. Casey felt that Sawyer and Sawyer’s friends were bullies. Sawyer has been accused of bullying and attempting to frame others of wrong doing in the past. Sawyer told Det. Riley about seeing Casey near where the device was found. Sawyer also informed Det. Riley that Casey said "You will be sorry that you ever picked on me." In addition, Sawyer found some disturbing information on Casey’s social media page including pictures of Sawyer and Sawyer’s group of friends called "The Crew." Casey’s page also listed pyrotechnics as a hobby as well as a picture of Park Lane High on fire with a person labeled "Sawyer" trying to escape the building. Despite denying any wrongdoing, Det. Riley arrested Casey Campbell. Is Casey guilty, or is this incident all a bully’s attempt to frame an innocent victim?

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