High School Students Participate in Mock Trial Competition
Westminster, MD
01/23/2020 08:39 AM

Students from Century, Francis Scott Key, Liberty, Westminster, and Winters Mill High School are participating in a mock trial competition.

The first mock trial contest was held on January 11, 2020.  Regular season contests are being held on Tuesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. through February 11. The two top teams from Carroll County will compete in the county championship on Tuesday, February 18. All Carroll County mock trials are held in the Circuit Court Annex at 55 North Court Street in Westminster. 


Maryland Youth in the Law (MyLaw) publishes a problem each year for which the mock trial teams prepare their arguments.  After preparing, they present their case as either the plaintiff or defense in weekly contests.  This year, students are competing in a civil case, Wolfe v. Shepherd.  This case addresses the timely topics of marijuana use/possession and Fourth Amendment issues involving law enforcement.


During the trials, the student team members take on the role of attorneys, witnesses, or bailiffs.  In these roles, they present their case to a Circuit Court judge and members of the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Bar Association.  The mock trial judges award points to each team based on their presentation.  


The Carroll County Circuit Court also will host the circuit playoffs.  These playoffs, which will be held March 3-5, will determine the mock trial team from Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Howard Counties that advances to the regionals. 


The objectives of the mock trial program are to further understanding of the law, court procedures, and the legal system; increase proficiency in soft skills such as listening, speaking, reading and reasoning; and heighten appreciation for academic studies as well as career consciousness of law-related professions.

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Beth Brown
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