Teams were provided a case, defend a police officer on a murder charge, to analyze and present, then students played the roles of witnesses and attorneys in the case. There were four preliminary rounds on February 26 and 27, allowing each team the opportunity to present both sides of the case. The finals were held in the afternoon of Saturday, February 27 before a panel of Trial Court Judges, attorneys and members of the legal community including one Delaware Supreme Court Justice. Over 250 members of the judiciary and Delaware Bar acted as legal advisors to the teams, and as judges and jurors for the Competition.
The case was developed to be of interest to students while raising important social issues. The goal of the Competition was to enhance students’ citizenship skills. Students learned about our trial system and developed critical thinking and public speaking skills.