Mock Trial    

One of the largest in the nation, the PBA/YLD Mock Trial Competition gives more than 300 high school student teams from across the state the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil and criminal trials before actual judges and panels of juries. Lawyers volunteer to assist students as team advisors, scorekeepers and regional coordinators. Each year, the winning team goes on to represent Pennsylvania in the national competition.

2017 Competition Information
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2017 Mock Trial Competition Schedule
2017 Coordinator's list
2017 Participating Schools 
2017 Region/District Map

You can watch the 2017 State Championship Final Round on Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) on:

  • Saturday, April 1 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 2 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Please check your local listings for the PCN channel in your area. After the trial has aired on TV, the trial will be posted on PCN’s website (

Regional Winners attending the 2017 Mock Trial State Championship Weekend:

Region 1 – Eden Christian Academy
Region 1 – Upper St. Clair High School
Region 2 – New Brighton Area High School
Region 2 – McDowell High School
Region 3 – Greensburg Salem High School
Region 3 – Trinity High School
Region 4 – DuBois Area High School
Region 5 – Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School
Region 6 – Spring Grove High School
Region 7 – TBD
Region 8 – Roman Catholic High School
Region 9 – Jenkintown High School
Region 10 – Abington Heights High School

  1. Case Materials *posted 1.9.17 
  2. Code of Civility
  3. Code of Ethical Conduct
  4. Conflict Dates Form
  5. Guidelines for Attorney Advisors
  6. Guidelines for Jurors
  7. Guidelines for Presiding Judges
  8. Hints of Preparing for the Competition
  9. Mock Trial Learner Outcomes
  10. National Mock Trial Newsletter
  11. Philadelphia Rules of Competition
  12. Rules of Competition 8/4/2016
  13. Rules of Evidence *PA Mock Trial follows the National’s Rules of Evidence
  14. Scoresheet
  15. Supplement to Case Materials *posted 1.9.17 
  16. Student Timekeeper Guidelines 
  17. Teaching Tips
  18. Trial Roster Form
  19. Video: Mock Trial Workshop for Students and Coaches *It is broken into chapters Please note that this is not our State, however Nevada has allowed us to use their videos


If you have any questions about the 2017 Mock Trial Competition, please contact PBA/YLD Coordinator Maria Engles at

To view past case materials click here.