Middle school mock trial teams from throughout the state are in Columbia this weekend for the annual statewide competition.
The competition is hosted by the South Carolina Bar, which provides the issue that teams are to debate.
“All the schools at both the middle school and the high school level are given the same problem which consists of six witness affidavits and numerous supporting items such as exhibits,” York County criminal defense attorney and team coach Gary Lemel said. “Each team then has to take that evidence and craft the case.”
Each team is responsible for presenting both sides over the course of the competition. In the case of the middle schools, the team has to be prepared to present both a full plaintiff’s civil case and a full defense case in different rounds.
Middle school winners receive a statewide trophy. The Fort Mill middle school team, which Lemel coaches, won last year’s event. The high school competition will be in February. The winner qualifies to compete in the national mock trial competition. [Read more…]