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.


Competition Information
What is Mock Trial
Volunteer in the Mock Trial Program
Contact us
Register a Team
2019 Mock Trial Competition Schedule
2019 Coordinator's list
2019 Participating Schools
Region/District Map


Fourteen high school teams from across PA have advanced to the PBA Statewide Mock Trial Championship Finals Weekend on March 29-30, 2019.

2019 Regional Winners:

  • Region 1 – Eden Christian Academy
  • Region 2 – Butler Area Senior High School
  • Region 2 – Northwestern High School
  • Region 3 – Central High School
  • Region 4 – State College Area High School
  • Region 5 – Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School
  • Region 6 – Cumberland Valley High School
  • Region 7 – Penn Wood High School
  • Region 7 – Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School (PALCS)
  • Region 8 – Germantown Friends School
  • Region 8 – Roman Catholic High School
  • Region 9 – Lower Merion High School
  • Region 9 – Lower Moreland High School
  • Region 10 – Holy Cross High School

All are welcome to attend the Championship weekend and view the trials at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, PA

  • Friday – March 29th - Round 1 @ 2:00 p.m. and Round 2 @ 5:30 p.m. (All teams compete in the first two rounds)
  • Saturday – March 30th – Round 3 @ 8:30 a.m. (Top four to six teams from the previous night trials advance)
  • Saturday – March 30th – Final @ 11:30 a.m. (Top two teams from Round 3) 

You can watch the 2019 Mock Trial Championship Final Round on Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) on:

  • Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 11 at 8:00 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 the PCN website (www.pcntv.com)


  1. Case Materials
  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. Matrix Scoring
    1. Matrix Scoring NHSMT
    2. Matrix Scoring Teams
  10. Mock Trial Learner Outcomes
  11. Philadelphia Rules
  12. Rules of Competition
  13. Rules of Evidence
  14. Scoresheet
  15. Supplement to Case Materials
  16. Student Timekeeper Guidelines
  17. Teaching Tips
  18. Trial Roster Form

If you have any questions about the 2019 Mock Trial Competition, please contact PBA/YLD Coordinator Maria Engles at 1-800-932-0311 ext. 2223 or maria.engles@pabar.org.

To view past case materials click here.


 

 

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