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UPDATED: 2023 Mock Trial Tournament (Updated Feb. 1, 2023)

The Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to announce that its 2023 High School Mock Trial Tournament and Preliminary Trials will be held in-person at the participating schools. Due to the pandemic and the lack of courtroom space, we plan on scheduling the trials at the host team’s school. This year, the host team will be the “defense” and the “plaintiff” and an assigned judge will travel to the host site. Below is the schedule for the upcoming tournament year:


The Mock Trial Schedule has changed due to the change from a 32 region to a 16 region format. Due to this change, the Regionals event will not happen this year. Your team’s schedule will be posted in a password protected area on the website under Tournament Schedule.

Preliminary rounds begin

Week of Jan. 16, 2023 (No trials will be scheduled on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 16)
Snow makeup trialsWeek of Feb. 6, 2023
Snow makeup trials/Tiebreaker weekWeek of Feb. 13, 2023
Winter breakWeek of Feb. 20, 2023
Sweet 16 trialsWeek of Feb. 27, 2023
Elite EightWednesday, March 8, 2023 (morning trial)
Final Four trialsWednesday, March 8, 2023 (afternoon trial)
State championshipTuesday, March 28, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.**

* All dates are subject to change based upon issues that might arise out of the pandemic, number of teams participating, weather, etc. Please check the Mock Trial website for updates on actual dates of trials for your team.

**New date

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Since 1985, the Massachusetts Bar Association has hosted an annual, statewide Mock Trial Program to help high school students learn more about the law, court procedures and our legal system, and give them an opportunity to sharpen their analytical, listening and speaking skills. Members of the MBA serve as attorney coaches and judges for the Mock Trial Program, while thousands of high school students across Massachusetts participate. Students prepare a hypothetical case and then test their skills as lawyers and witnesses in a simulated courtroom competition.

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