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The Kentucky High School Mock Trial Association would like to invite you to participate in our annual competition this spring. Schools may enter one or two teams. Participation in Kentucky’s mock trial competition allows students the opportunity to improve critical thinking and public speaking skills, to gain exposure to the legal system, and to compete for the opportunity to represent Kentucky on a national level.

Materials and Trials

Attached are the case materials. Materials include a closed-universe problem with witness affidavits, exhibits, and rules of evidence. From these materials, teams will prepare to argue both sides of the case at competition.  KHSMTA will be available to provide guidance, assistance and video training materials to the teacher sponsors and coaches.  Please contact us if you need any assistance with your team.


Thanks to a grant from the Kentucky Bar Foundation, we are able to waive the registration fee for all schools that form a new team this year.  In addition, through this grant we are also able to provide some degree of subsidy to offset any tournament travel expenses to first year teams and/or teams that are considered socio-economic or racially diverse.  This subsidy is need based and is being offered to try to encourage more schools to participate in this educationally enriching activity. 


February 1-2:

Each team will be assigned to a regional competition in either Lexington or Louisville. Teams will participate in 4 rounds of competition, two rounds representing each side of the case. The top eight teams from each regional competition will advance to the championship tournament.

February 29-March 2:

The top sixteen teams will compete at the championship tournament to be hosted Covington. Teams will participate in 4 rounds of competition, two rounds representing each side of the case. The top two teams will advance to a final round to determine which team represents Kentucky at the National competition.

Additional Information


The registration link for the 2019 Bellarmine Mock Trial Knight Throw-Down is now open! The tournament is set for December 14th, 2019 and we would love your help to invite schools to participate! Our registration is open to the first 12 schools and schools are allowed to bring up to 2 teams! We ask that schools provide 1 judge/team to ensure we have a 3 person judging panel for the tournament! There will be a $75.00 registration fee per SCHOOL (not by team!) to help with tournament costs! 

Once the capacity of schools is reached, we will continue to keep the registration list open and waitlist teams (they will be notified via E-mail!)  


The University of Kentucky will likely host an invitational in January.  We have not confirmed the dates of this tournament yet; however, as soon as we have the information it will be on the website with a link to the registration form.


In an effort to improve the competition, KHSMTA is implementing a couple changes to the rules of competition.  The biggest change is with respect to the scoring.  Witnesses will receive TWO scores per round.  The witness will be scored 1-10 on their performance on direct examination and 1-10 on their performance on cross examination.   The other rule change broadens the eligibility of home school programs to form a team.


We hope that you will consider participating in our spring competition. Representatives of KHSMTA, and coaches of current teams are available to answer any questions you may have about Kentucky high school mock trial.

Additional information can be found on KHSMTA’s website at www.kymocktrial.com.

Below are some frequently asked questions about Kentucky High School Mock Trial:

The Kentucky High School Mock Trial Association, Inc.. (KHSMTA) welcomes you to the 2019-2020 season.  

Q. Where will my team compete in 2020?

A. The regional assignments will be posted in early November.

Q. Will there be any pre-season tournaments this year?

A. Yes. The University of Kentucky undergraduate mock trial program typically hosts a tournament in early January. Here is a link to LAST YEAR’s registration page. http://ukmocktrial.weebly.com/high-school-wildcat-invitational.html

Bellarmine University is hosting a tournament on December 14th. Details will be emailed to your coach around the middle of October. Stay tuned for more details.

Q.  When will the case be released this year?

A.  We anticipate a case release October 1st.

Q.  When and where will the regional and championship tournaments be held this year?

A.   Regional tournaments will be in Lexington and Louisville. Championship tournament will be in Covington.

Q. What is the cost to enter a team?

A.  $350.00 per team.  ($0.00 for first year teams) A short need-based application will need to be completed.   We received a grant from Kentucky Bar Foundation which is allowing us to offer entry fee waivers for new teams.   

Q. Will there be any new teams this year?

A. Yes.  We anticipate more new teams this year.  KHSMTA has been and will continue to recruit new schools to form a team and compete.  If you are affiliated with a high school that is considering forming a team please review the "starting a new team?" page on this website and contact us so we can help.  

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