More than 1,500 students across the state are turning their
classrooms into courtrooms to assume the roles of both lawyers and
witnesses during this year's 28th annual Mock Trial
Program presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association.
First organized in 1985, the Mock Trial Program started in
January and runs through March 20. The program places high school
teams from 16 regions across the state in a simulated
Student competitors at more than 130 schools across the
commonwealth are expected to participate in the 2013 Mock Trial
Program. In addition, more than 100 lawyers across the state will
volunteer as coaches and judges.
In this year's criminal case, the prosecution alleges the
defendant poisoned and killed his great-aunt by tampering with her
medication. The defense claims the great-aunt either died of a
natural heart attack or was murdered by either her live-in
caretaker or another relative upset about her reduction of their
Out of the more than 130 teams of students, four will ultimately
advance to the semi-final elimination round and face off during
trials held simultaneously on March 18 in Boston and Worcester.
The two finalists will then advance to the state championship,
to be held on March 20 in the Great Hall of Faneuil Hall in Boston.
In 2012, The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School
of South Hadley won the state championship, its second in a row,
and competed in the national tournament.
The Mock Trial Program is administered by the MBA, and made
possible by the international law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP through
its Center for the Public Interest in Boston, which has contributed
$25,000 per year to the program since 1998.