University of Toronto Mock Trial Competition (UTMTC)
UTMTC is a two day competition held over one weekend (Saturday and Sunday). On the first day, all teams will go through four non-elimination rounds, arguing for each side twice. The eight teams that finish the first day of the competition with the highest overall scores will then proceed to compete on the second day. All teams other than the top eight will be eliminated and will not proceed to compete on the second day. Of course, eliminated teams are always welcome to attend and watch the second day’s rounds. On the second day, teams will compete in elimination rounds (based entirely on win/loss) to determine a final champion. There is only ever one case per competition, and you are expected to prepare to present for both sides because you will have to represent both sides over the course of the entire day.
There are four members per team. Each team will argue for one side of a criminal case (Crown & Defense). Each team is required to present with two lawyers and two witnesses. Lawyers will present Opening and Closing Arguments and conduct Direct and Cross Examinations. Witnesses should be prepared for a Direct and Cross Examination.
University of Windsor x University of Toronto Mock Trial Competition
In 2019, the University of Toronto competed against UWindsor students in a full-day one-round Mock Trial competition. The Mock Trial Board at UTPLS held try-outs in order to form a team of six. Training sessions were held to prepare this team which then travelled to Windsor, where the competition was held.
Details on a 2020 iteration will be posted here as they become available.
Mock Trial Team
With UTPLS leading as the first undergraduate Mock Trial competition in Canada, other Universities in Canada are now developing their own Mock Trial programs.
Starting in 2019-2020, we will be holding try-outs for a Mock Trial team. The Mock Trial Program will then train and prepare this team to compete at other undergraduate Mock Trials both nationally and internationally!
Details will be posted as they become available.