Mock Trial

What is Mock Trial?
Mock Trial helps high school students develop a deeper understanding of the law through a lively competition that begins in one of 32 district competitions. Depending on the scoring of each team’s work — including as lawyers presenting each side of a case, witnesses and jurors — the teams advance to regional, state and even national competition. Mock Trial includes:

  • 400 teams throughout the state, including 3,600 students
  • 900 volunteer judges and lawyers in Ohio, including more than 100 here in
  • Hamilton County
  • Three attorneys and “real life” judges who serve as judges for each pair of teams. One acts as presiding judge and two are scoring judges, all giving feedback to the teams as they present their cases.

The 2016 Ohio High School Mock Trial case “State of Harmony v. Riley Green” is regarding AJ Bryant, who has attended the medieval fair in Buckeye, Harmony for several years, and is hoping that this year’s archer costume is authentic enough to win the costume contest. AJ is attending the fair with a friend, Sam Jones, who lives near the fairgrounds. As they are walking to the fair, the pair stop at a convenience store and while inside, AJ causes a disturbance while playing in character with a bow and arrow. The store owner calls the police, and as Officer Green arrives on the scene, he finds Sam and AJ arguing in the parking lot. AJ pulls out his bow and arrow, and Officer Green makes the decision to use deadly force to prevent further harm. Officer Green is charged with felonious assault and the case has been bifurcated; the Court will first hear testimony on Defendant’s affirmative defense that the use of deadly force was justified. This case will explore the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures as it applies to the use of force by an officer to deter or eliminate the threat of harm to the public and officer.

How to Volunteer
You can serve at one or both of the local sessions at the Hamilton County Courthouse:
Session I: 12 – 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29
Session II: 3 – 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29
Training Sessions @ CBA: Jan. 22, Noon to 1 p.m.

All volunteers will receive materials in advance to learn the judging criteria.

If you are interested in volunteering as a judge, please contact Jamie Shiverdecker at the Cincinnati Bar Association 699-4013 or

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