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2015 Tournament rules and case materials


Case materials

Ballot (PDF)

Local Rules (PDF)

Appendix to Local Rules - Model Rules of Conduct (PDF)


Tournament makeup

Teams are made up of three members, which are responsible for the following roles during the trial:

  • Conducting the voir dire

  • Acting as second chair

  • Presenting an opening statement

Over the three preliminary rounds, each team member will perform each duty once.


Competition structure

Three preliminary rounds

Each team member will perform each of the three skills once.

Each team will perform each side of the case at least once.

For the third round, the side represented will be randomly selected.

 

Semi-final round

Teams will choose which team member does each skill.

The side represented will be selected pursuant to Local Rule 4.5. 

 

Final round

Teams will choose which team member does each skill and may choose the same skill as in the semi-final round.

The side represented will be selected pursuant to Local Rule 4.5. 

 

Round components

  • Motions in Limine - 5 min. each
  • Plaintiff – 30 min. Voir Dire

  • Defense – 30 min. Voir Dire

  • 5 minute break to confer on strikes

  • Cause & Preemptory Challenges – 5 min. each

  • 10 minute break

  • Plaintiff – 20 min. Opening Statement

  • Defense – 20 min. Opening Statement

  • Critiques – 15 min.