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 first 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 (with the lawyer on their team) and Cross Examination (with a lawyer from the opposing team).
The Mock Trial Program will be hosting training sessions throughout the month of October to help competitors prepare for UTMTC. These sessions will take place weekly on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30PM in the Medical Sciences Building, Room 2290 (1 King's College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 1A8). The dates for these sessions are: October 11, 17, 24, and 31. Click here for the Facebook event.
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.