Congratulations on your team advancing to the “Sweet 16” of the Kentucky High School Mock Trial Championship! This is a three-day tournament from March 1 - 3 at the Kenton County Justice Center, 230 Madison Avenue, Covington, Kentucky. 

A total of sixteen teams advanced from the regional competitions in Lexington and Louisville to compete in the state championship in Northern Kentucky. The tournament's four rounds are scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1st. There will be two rounds on Friday and two rounds on Saturday, March 2nd. The top two teams will compete in a championship round Sunday morning, March 3rd.

The tentative schedule is:

Friday, March 1st

12:00 p.m. check-in

12:15 p.m. Coaches meeting/Courtroom assignments

12:30 p.m. Judges Meeting

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Round 1

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Lunch (Pizza provided to coaches and teams)

4:30 p.m. Judges Meeting

5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Round 2

Saturday, March 2nd

8:00 a.m. check-in

8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Round 3

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (Sub sandwiches provided to coaches and teams)

12:30 p.m. Judges Meeting

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Round 4

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Reception at Marriott RiverCenter

Sunday, March 3rd

8:30 a.m. Judges Meeting

9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.   Championship round

Our goal is to have at least 3 scoring judges in each courtroom along with a presiding judge for each round. As such, we will need 32 judges for each of the scheduled rounds on Friday and Saturday. Fully staffing the judging panel is critical for the success of this event. I ask that you please assist in the recruiting of volunteer judges by soliciting lawyers and judges from around the state and forwarding to them the following link to sign up:

We are trying to secure group rates at the following hotels:

Courtyard Marriott: 500 West 3rd St. Covington, KY 41011 (800) 321-2211 

(1 mile from Courthouse)


Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter, 10 West RiverCenter Boulevard,

Covington, KY, 41011, (859) 261-2900  (1 block from Courthouse)


Embassy Suites Cincinnati RiverCenter: 10 E RiverCenter Blvd, Covington, KY 41011 (859) 261-8400 (1 block from Courthouse)



There will be an awards reception at the Marriott RiverCenter (1 block from the Courthouse) immediately following the 4th round on Saturday afternoon (approximately 4-6 p.m.) We encourage all the teams to walk over to the Marriott after the final round to enjoy this reception. The awards presentation will take place as soon as all the teams have finished and the final standings have been calculated. We anticipate a number of individual and team awards along with the announcement of the top two teams that will compete for the State Championship the following morning. Kentucky High School Mock Trial Association (KHSMTA) will provide any schools who are not from the Northern Kentucky Area a $700 stipend to offset cost of staying an extra night.

If you would like to speak to someone involved with the tournament, feel free to contact me via email or phone. 


James M. West