Case & Rules Q&A

As competition updates and anwers to questions are released, they will be posted on this page. 

Q:
"Can an opposing side engage in void dire of someone offered an expert witness? Competition Rule 6. states Voir Dire Voir dire examination of a witness is not permitted."

A:
No, there is no separate voir dire. Challenges to an expert's qualifications and/or opinions should be raised on cross-examination.

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Q: 
“I realize that we are supposed to use black and white exhibits, however for some of them the color is important especially Exhibit 2b which identifies the fingerprint locations with color dots, and to a lesser extent the uniform Exhibit 2c. Should we just pretend they are in color?"

A: 
Effective immediately, the Mississippi High School Mock Trial Committee is modifying a long-standing rule that had previously required the use of black-and-white copies only of exhibits to the mock trial problem. At the 2020 High School Mock Trial regional and statewide competitions, teams may print and use color copies of exhibits to the mock trial problem. Teams are not obligated to print exhibits in color, and they may use black-and-white copies where practical. For example, black-and-white copies of Exhibit 5 will work equally well as color copies, but Exhibit 2.B may prove difficult to use absent a color copy. The High School Mock Trial Committee will endeavor to supply the competition rooms at both the regional and statewide competitions with reusable color copies of at least Exhibits 2.B and 2.C to mitigate potential unexpected costs for the 2020 competition from this rule change.

 

 

ALL questions regarding the CASE and the RULES should adhere to the following guidelines: 

Procedures:
All case and rules questions must be submitted via email to the mock trial coordinator (rgarner@msbar.org). Only teacher or attorney coaches may submit questions on behalf of a team. The mock trial coordinator will only process written case and rules questions submitted by email and will not accept questions submitted by any other method, including phone, fax or in person.

Times to Submit Questions:
Teams may submit questions from Sept. 20, 2019, until 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 3, 2020. Questions may also be submitted from Feb. 3 - 21, 2020. This time period is post-Regional competition and pre-Statewide.

Receiving Answers:
Teams will check the website for a running list of answers to all case and rules questions submitted throughout the season.

Final Answers:
The final Q&A list will be posted on the website by Feb. 26, 2020, at 5:00 pm.
 
The fact that the Mock Trial Committee made a correction or addition to the case materials at any point during the season is not relevant during a trial round. Teams are to assume that the fault for any typographical error or any other correction, addition or clarification to the case materials indicated in the Q&A list posted online lies with the mock trial committee, not with a particular witness. The clean, corrected copy of the materials that will be posted by January 10, 2020, is to be considered the first and only version of these materials submitted by any party in this action when trying this case in a competition round.

If you have a question about the case or the rules, please send your question to Rene' Garner at rgarner@msbar.org. She will forward your question to the committee for a response.