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Mock Trial

An innovative, hands-on experience in the law for high school students of all ages and abilities.

This Year's Case

The mock trial case materials consist of the Problem (a statement of facts, prosecution/plaintiff and defense witness statements, exhibits, legal authorities), the Rules (of competition and simplified rules of evidence) and the Mock Trial Teacher Coach Manual. The Tips and Advice pages on this site contain a variety of information to help you build your team, to become a skilled student attorney, or to develop as a star student witness.

The problem is for use by participants of New Mexico Mock Trial and shall not be shared with non-participants. All of these materials are copyright protected and may not be altered or adapted without the express written permission of the Center for Civic Values.

To view or print the mock trial case materials, you must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat© Reader.

State of New Mexico v. Devin Pacheco

The Center for Civic Values gratefully acknowledges the team of writers and editors who produced this original case:

These mock trial materials were adapted from an original case created by the South Carolina BAR, Law Related Education (LRE) Committee and the Mock Trial Sub-Committee; case author, Barbara M. Seymour, LRE Committee Member.

Thank you to the Center for Civic Values Mock Trial Case Committee Members who helped adapt the case for New Mexico:

  • Ilyse Hahs-Brooks, Esq.
  • Michael Daniels, Esq.
  • Lynda Latta, Esq.
  • Kristen Leeds, NM Mock Trial Program Director

 

Download this year's case

NOTE: This Year's Case will be available at Midnight Mountain Time on October 1, 2017.

 

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The Rules consist of two sections: the Rules of Competition and the Rules of Evidence. Except where otherwise indicated by italic type, the New Mexico rules are consistent with the rules used at the National Championship. 

  • The Rules of Competition explain how the competition is conducted what the judging criteria are, how the power matching scoring system works, time limits and much more.
  • The Rules of Evidence explain the evidentiary issues that arise in mock trial, and they have been simplified for use in the program.

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Each year, CCV staff and the Mock Trial Committee carefully review the mock trial case materials. We try to catch every error, but nobody’s perfect. Additionally, through the course of a season teams may have questions regarding competition rules, policies and procedures. All questions regarding logistics, schedules, competitions, etc. should be submitted in writing via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. ALL questions regarding the CASE and the RULES should adhere to the following guidelines:

How to Submit Questions: Questions must be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Only a teacher or attorney coaches may submit questions on behalf of a team. Only written case and rules questions submitted via email will receive a response.

When to Submit Questions: Teams may submit questions beginning October 1, 2017, through 5:00 PM on February 3, 2018.

When you will Receive Answers: We will attempt to answer all questions within a 24-hour time period, but from time to time there may be delays. All questions and answers will be posted on the website and teams should check the site regularly throughout the season.

When the Final Clarifications will be Posted: The final clarification list will be posted on the website by 5:00 PM on February 10, 2018. The fact that a correction or addition was made to the case materials at any point during the season is not relevant during a trial round.

Teams are to assume that the fault for any typographical error or any other correction or revision to the case materials in the clarifications posted online lies with the authors and not with a particular witness. The clean, corrected copy of the materials that will be posted by February 10, 2017, is to be considered the first and only version of these materials submitted by any party in this action when trying this case in a competition round.

As the questions are asked and the answers are provided, they will appear below.

Clarifications and Changes: 

  1. Arson added to Jury Instructions
  2. State statute for Arson fixed to section 30-17-5.
  3. In the Douglas statement, page 15 lines 18-20, “beach” changed to “Elephant Butte”.
  4. “Gamecocks” changed to “Lobos".
  5. “Hilton Head” changed to “La Posada”.
  6. April 7 corrected to April 4
  7. April 6 corrected to April 3
  8. Douglas line 70, April 4 Sunday changed to April 2
  9. Pacheco’s arrest was April 11
  10. USC to NMSU

 

 

 

The Mock Trial 2018 Teacher Coach Manual provides important information for teacher coaches. It can also be very helpful for new attorney coaches, as they begin working with their mock trial teams. It contains an Introduction, a Program Calendar, sections containing Competition Policies and Procedures and critical information about Scoring and Team Ranking, as well as complete Teaching Materials that include: a four-week lesson plan to introduce teams to the basics of mock trial; and, sections about the players in a mock trial, courtroom procedures, rules of evidence. The materials will also help you teach your students about how to develop opening statements, direct and cross-examinations and closing arguments. You must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to download or print the Manual.

 

The Mock Trial 2018 Courtroom Artist Information and Rules provides important information for teacher coaches and courtroom artists. It contains an Introduction, a Program Calendar, and a section containing Procedures and Rules.

You must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to download or print the Manual.

 

The Mock Trial 2018 Courtroom Journalist Information and Rules provides important information for teacher coaches and courtroom journalists. It contains an Introduction, a Program Calendar, and a section containing Procedures and Rules.

You must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to download or print the Manual.

 

 

 

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