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 School led by Ms. Catherine Amos. The program at Franklin was established by Mr. Christopher Lambert and 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.

In the beginning of the school year, 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 our team travels to Atlanta during late September and New York City during early October to try a case on an international level. Check the pictures out here!

Franklin Academy of Law also travels to Princeton University, Duke University, University of Colorado and University of Maryland 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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