Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition

Delaware’s High School Mock Trial program was started in 1991, and the 2021 competition will mark the 30th consecutive competition. In 1990, four school competed. Since then, the competition has grown and now between twenty-five and thirty high schools in the First State send teams to the competition.

The competition is open to all public and private schools in the state. Teams are provided a case problem to review, analyze, and try during the competition. The goal of the Competition is to enhance students’ citizenship skills. Students learn about our trial system and develop critical thinking and public speaking skills. The Mock Trial also provides teachers with a tool for authentic assessment. The Center tries to ensure that each case problem is fair and balanced, will be of interest to the student competitors, and will address important and relevant issues.

During the actual competition, the students play the roles of the witnesses and the attorneys and must try the case before a judge and scoring jury. There are four rounds, which take place over two days. After the final round, the students and coaches are invited to attend an awards banquet honoring the winners and participants. The Competition has historically been held in Wilmington, Delaware.

This year, we are doing things a little differently because of the pandemic. For the first time ever, the competition will take place as a virtual mock trial and will be fully remote.

The winner of the Delaware competition represents the state at the National High School Mock Trial Championship. Delaware has sent a representative to the National Competition for over twenty years.

Registration is open for the 30th Annual Competition!

Registration is now open for the competition and all registrations are due by Friday, December 11, 2020. The 2021 registration form is available here (in fillable word format) and here (as a write-in form). The registration fee for this year is $250.00.

The 30th Annual Competition will take place on February 19 – 20, 2021

This year, the competition will take place on Friday, February 19, 2021 and Saturday, February 20, 2021. In the event that one of the days must be canceled for inclement weather, the “snow” date is Saturday, February 27, 2021.

There are four rounds (two on Friday and two on Saturday), which will allow each team to present each side of the case at least once.

2021 Mock Trial Case and Rules

Each year, the Committee reviews the rules governing the competition and the rules of evidence for use in the competition and makes adjustments to those rules. This year, the rules have been extensively revised to provide for to provide for the possibility of a virtual competition, and to bring the rules into alignment with changes at the National level.

Please use the links below to access the Mock Trial competition rules and the Rules of Evidence that will govern the 2021 competition:

2021 Delaware Mock Trial Rules

2021 Delaware Mock Trial Rules of Evidence

The following are the dispute forms that should be used if there is a dispute arising under Mock Trial Rules 6.1 or 6.3 during the competition:

2020 Team Dispute Form Rule 6.1 – Inside the Bar

2020 Team Dispute Form Rule 6.3 – Outside the Bar

The problem for the Mock Trial case will be released on November 9, 2020. The Mock Trial case can be found below:

2021 Delaware Mock Trial Case

Mock Trial Committee

Daniel Attaway, Esq,
Womble Bond Dickinson (US), LLP
Committee Co-Chair

N. Christopher Griffths, Esq.
Connolly Gallagher, LLP
Committee Co-Chair

Margie Touchton
Morris James LLP
Judge Volunteer Coordinator

The Honorable Paul R. Wallace
Judge, Superior Court
Mock Trial Liaison to the Court

Vice-Chancellor Joseph R. Slights, III
Court of Chancery

Amy Arnott Quinlan, Esq.
State Court Administrator
Administrative Office of the Courts

Sean O’Sullivan
Administrative Office of the Courts

Claudine E. Smith DCP
Pro-Bono Director
Delaware Paralegal Association

Chris Kenton
DE Department of Education

Fran O’Malley, Ph. D.
Member, DELREC Board of Trustees

Barry Townsend, LPI
Vice-President, DELREC Board of Trustees

Eileen Wilkinson
Awards Chair, DELREC Board of Trustees

The Honorable M. Jane Brady
Judge, Superior Court (Ret.)
DELREC President of the Board of Trustees

Pat Quann
Executive Director

Mock Trial Case Committee

Jason C. Jowers, Esq.
Morris James LLP
Committee Chair

Daniel M. Attaway. Esq.
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Sean M. Brennecke, Esq.
Klehr Harrison Karvey Branzburg LLP

Samuel L. Closic, Esq.
Pricket, Jones & Elliott, P.A.

N. Christopher Griffths, Esq.
Connolly Gallagher, LLP

Lisa M. Grubb, Esq.
McGivney & Kluger, P.C.

Francis “Pete” J. Jones, Jr. Esq.
Morris James LLP

Kathryn S. Keller, Esq.
Delaware Department of Justice

Paul Sunshine, Esq.
McGivney & Kluger P.C.

Andrew Vella, Esq
Delaware Department of Justice