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Mock Trial

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


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.

Case Clarifications and Changes as of 1/22/18

Q. There was no question about this, I noticed it wasn’t there.

A. Arson added to Jury Instructions

Q. The stature dealing with Arson refers to a court martial. 

A. State statute for Arson fixed to section 30-17-5.

Q.  In the Douglas statement, page 15 lines 18-20.  People came from the beach.  There is not beach in NM. 

A. In the Douglas statement, page 15 lines 18-20, “beach” changed to “Elephant Butte”.

Q. It may make sense to change Hilton Head to some resort in New Mexico.

 A. Hilton Head” changed to “La Posada”.

Q. Jury instructions do not mention Armed Robbery.

A. Robbery definition added to jury instructions.

Q. April 7 should be April 4 according to the calendar. Therefore, April 6 should be April 3.

A. April 7 corrected to April 4

A. April 6 corrected to April 3

Q. Douglas line 70, April 4 Sunday should be April 2.

A. Douglas line 70, April 4 Sunday should be changed to April 2

Q. No question, just noticed when I was going over dates.

A. Pacheco’s arrest was April 11

Q. Should USC be NMSU?

A. Changed USC to NMSU

Q. NMSU are the Aggies not Lobos.

A. Lobos to Aggies

Q. Exhibit 3 still says SC instead of NMSU.

A. Exhibit 3 replaced SC to NMSU

Q. Savannah is not a town in NM.

A. Savannah to Santa Teresa

Q. Exhibit #4 initials do not match any member of the case.

A. Exhibit #4 initials have been changed to "dd" and "LMC".






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