Our Judicial program section allows students to participate in a mock-trial setting.  They act as judges, attorneys, witnesses, and bailiffs in a series of rounds in which they compete against other teams as either the Defense or Prosecution for Trial Court or the Appellant or Appellee for Appeals Court.

Our goal for our Judicial participants is for them to develop a clear and active understanding of the judicial process in both criminal courts and appeals courts. Participants are challenged to work as a team to develop solid arguments for all sides of a case and perform their roles faithfully to replicate real court proceedings as closely as possible.

The Case and supporting materials for each Judicial section can be found underneath the toggles below.

Please note that all of the documents and procedures serve as a reference for an in-person conference. District and State Conferences will be virtual for the 2020-2021 program year. As a result, the following documents and procedures may be modified for a virtual conference.

If you are a Judicial Section volunteer, please see the Resource Portal for additional volunteer materials.

New this Fall 2020, we have provided a preview of the Trial Court Preview. Please note the Appellate Case will be different from the Trial Case this year, therefore the above case summary does not apply.

Submit Judicial questions here by October 28, 2020. Answers will be released by November 2, 2020.

Virtual Guidelines for Mock and Appellate Courts

Attention Trial Court Participants, new this year we have provided a Trial Court Preview to the upcoming case. The full case will be released soon.

2020 Judicial Updates Trial Memo (Coming Soon)

Submit Judicial Questions Here for State by January 5, 2021

Judicial Questions with Answers 

Teams should study and get familiar with the following:

1st-   Rules of Procedure

2nd- Rules of Evidence

3rd-  Judicial Section Guide 

4th-    Trial Case 2020-2021

5th-      Trial Bailiff Time Sheet

6th-   Trial Court Evaluator Score Sheet

7th-  Judicial Questions/Answers for District and State Conference (Posted November 2, 2020)

8th- Team Roster Sheet (not applicable 2020-2021)

Submit Judicial Questions Here by October 23, 2020

Judicial Questions with Answers 

2020-2021 Attorney Brief Book (Coming After District Conferences)

2020 Judicial Updates Memo (Coming Soon)

2020-2021 Rules of Appellate Procedure Attachment 1

2020-2021 Appellate Case Material Attachment 2

2020-2021 Appellate Supplemental Material Attachment 3 (with Rubric)

Appellate Bailiff Time Sheet

Appellate Evaluator Score Sheet

Samples of Attorney Brief Book

Appellate Scoring Rubric

Judicial Questions/Answers for District/State Conference (Coming 10/30/2020)

Austin District Brief Submission Form: High School

Dallas District Brief Submission Form: High School

Fort Worth District Brief Submission Form: High School

Houston District Brief Submission Form: High School

Midland District Brief Submission Form: High School

Thank you to the Texas Bar Foundation for the generous gift that made this Judicial Resource Library possible.

Texas Bar Foundation