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 mocktrial@civicvalues.org. 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 mocktrial@civicvalues.org. 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, 2022, through 5:00 PM on February 1, 2023.

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 3, 2023. 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 5, 2023, 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.

Q. On exhibit 5 (The Pathology Report) in the upper left side it lists “Oncologist: Shea Harrison, MD” but at the bottom of the exhibit it states “Pathologist: Shea” Similarly, on exhibit 8 (The Mini-mental state examination for 02/22) it lists “Oncologist: Blaine Davis, MD.”

A. Shea Harrison’s signature has been fixed. Blaine Davis is indeed a psychiatrist and the wording has been replaced.

Q. There is a discrepancy in the dates between some of the witnesses. Caget (page 34, line 72) locks in the date of the first outburst by the defendant at March 2nd and the date of the fire as March 3rd. Harrison has those dates as February 22nd and 23rd. (page 49, line 49 and then continued through lines 66).

A. These have been fixed.

Q. Exhibit 13 has a couple of typos (unless they were intentional to show the defendant is, well, something negative): “devote” instead of “devoted” and “time you had with her amongst the sorry her loss will certainly cause” instead of “sorrow her loss will certainly cause”

A. This will stay as is.

Q. How do you pronounce “Haozous”?

A. HOW-suss

Q. How do you pronounce “Caget”?

A. Kă-jhay

Q. The label for exhibit 13 is at the bottom of exhibit 12. That is page 77 and 78. This leaves exhibit 13 not “marked for identification purposes” and more difficult to find.

A. This has been fixed.