The OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trials for High School Students
The OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trials (OOCMT) is a partnership between the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN). Most competitive mock trial tournaments in the province are part of OOCMT, which means they use the official OOCMT case and rules, and their winners may participate in upper-level competitions organized by the OBA and OJEN.
On this site, you will find information about the tournament in your local area, the official materials for this year’s program, archived cases from previous years, and resources to help you prepare to participate in a tournament.
Key Information for the 2019-20 School Year
Timeline for Local Tournaments
OOCMT mock trial tournaments will take place in the spring of 2020, with event dates between late March and mid-May. Each local tournament has different tournament dates which, in many cases, have not yet been set. You can click on “Local Tournaments by Region” in the grey bar above to find specific information as it becomes available.
Registration dates are also set by local tournaments. No registration will be open for any tournaments until December 1st at the earliest. In most cases, registration, once open, will not close until February 2020. Note that registration in Peel Region and the City of Toronto will have a shorter registration window due to the popularity of those tournaments and their limited capacity. Please check back here in November, at which time more information will be available.
Timeline for Case and Materials
No significant changes are planned to the tournament materials (Official Rules, Tournament Guide, Marking Scheme) for this year. You can find the materials in the grey bar above under “Tournament Materials & Resources”, and get oriented to the program right now. You can still find last year’s case, R v Delaney, as well as cases from earlier years, to get a sense of what a case looks like.
Every year, we produce a new case scenario, which will be used for all tournaments. The case comes out first in a draft form, with a period afterwards for prospective participants to submit questions which may require clarification, or any errors noticed. The final version is usually published about two weeks after the first draft. It is very rare for any major changes to be made to the case in the final version.
The first draft of the 2020 case will not be released before December 1st, 2019.