2020 High School Mock Trial Tournament

Presented with the Michigan Center for Civic Education

Mock Trials are exciting activities to teach content and appreciation of our adversarial judicial system. They are designed to reenact much of what might take place in a trial court. Students take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses and compete against each other in real courtrooms in front of real judges and lawyers. Students interpret legal documents, witness statements, and take on roles and simulate a trial in real life and real time. Participants adjust to the strategies employed by the opposing side. Mock trials draw upon historical events, trials of contemporary interest, school or classroom situations, or hypothetical and entertaining fact patterns to inspire students to think critically and creatively about the law.

This year, the tournament is scheduled to run on:

  • February 22, 2020, Washtenaw Regional - Washtenaw County Trial Courthouse, Ann Arbor
  • February 29, 2020, Oakland Regional - Oakland County Circuit Courthouse, Pontiac
  • March 7, 2020, Ingham Regional - Veterans Memorial Courthouse, Lansing
  • March 7, 2020, Macomb Regional - Macomb County Courthouse, Mt. Clemens
  • March 14, 2020, Kent Regional - Kent County Courthouse, Grand Rapids
  • March 20, 2020, Mock Trial Nationals Community Kick Off Reception, Kalamazoo
  • March 21, 2020, MCCE High School Mock Trial State Championship, Kalamazoo
  • March 21, 2020, Middle School MT Showcase, Kalamazoo
  • May 7-9, 2020, National Mock Trial Championship, Evansville, IN

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 22), Pontiac (February 29), Lansing (March 7), Mt. Clemens (March 7) and Grand Rapids (March 14).  If you are interested in helping, please fill out the volunteer registration form.

Be a part of the magic! Save the date for a first in the history of Michigan.
The 2021 National High School Mock Trial Championship is coming to Michigan.
MAY 6, 2021 @ 8:00 AM
 - MAY 8, 2021 @ 5:00 PM

More Information on the 2021 Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament.