Mock Trial is a program where students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in representing both sides of a hypothetical case. The mock trial students represented the plaintiff in some rounds and the defendant in other rounds. In every competition phase, the students presented an opening statement, examined three witnesses (portrayed by their teammates), cross-examined the other team’s witnesses and presented a closing argument. Each student played the role of an attorney on one side of the case and a witness on the other. Each round is presented in front of a real judge who rules on objections and court matters. The jury is a panel of three practicing attorneys or judges. The team that captures the best of three judges scoring wins the round. South Mountain has multiple teams competing at the Regional level every year and attempting to qualify for the State and National Competitions.
Competition Case (2019-20)