This is Franklin High School’s Mock Trial website! Here, you can find updates, information, pictures, and upcoming events!
But, what is Mock Trial? Mock Trial is an extracurricular activity at Franklin High led by two outstanding teachers, Mr. Lambert and Ms. DiSciullo, along with local attorney Mrs. Patricia Lambert.
Every year, auditions are held in the fall, where students from all grade levels try out to become a part of the team. Typically, about twenty people make the team each year.
In November, the team, along with teams from across the state, receive a case from Maryland Mock Trial. Each year the type of case alternates between civil and criminal. After receiving the case, with careful consideration, twelve students are chosen to have starting positions on the team. There will be a plaintiff, or prosecution, side and a defense side. Each side of the case has three attorneys and three witnesses.
Starting in January, Franklin’s Mock Trial team travels to the Baltimore County Circuit Court House in Towson, Maryland, and competes against other schools. The team tries their case in front of a judge and two scorers. The goal of these competitions, with hard practice and confident students, is to make it to the state championship!
Other competitions the Mock Trial team takes part in is Empire Mock Trial, where nine students traveled to Atlanta in September of 2017 to try a case on a national level. Check the pictures out here!
Mock Trial also travels to Princeton University and Duke University to try Moot Court cases. In a moot court competition, students present oral appellate arguments in front of a judge in order to prove their case. For pictures on the most recent moot court competition, click here!
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