NHSMTC Code of Conduct

The mission of the National High School Mock Trial Championship is to promote an understanding and appreciation of the American judicial system through academic competitions and other endeavors for students. To ensure everyone in attendance at the 2018 National High School Mock Trial Championship follows Rule 1.2 of the National High School Mock Trial Rules of Competition and adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and deportment, the following 2018 National Mock Trial Code of Ethical Conduct will be followed by all team members (both official and non-official), courtroom artists, coaches, observers, and state coordinators (or their official designees) (hereafter referred to as “attendees”) during the 2018 Championship.

  • The use of alcohol, drugs, or any other illegal activity is forbidden during the 2018 National High School Mock Trial Championship, both at competition sites and all mock trial sponsored events and activities.
  • No one associated with the team acknowledging this 2018 National Mock Trial Code of Ethical Conduct can enter any courtroom in which his/her team is not competing.
  • Attendees must comport themselves with professionalism and decorum at the courthouse, both inside the courtrooms and in common areas. No food or drink is allowed in the courtrooms and attendees must not go to parts of the building that are not designated as part of the competition.
  • It is expected that attendees will respect their surroundings at the courthouse and at all mock trial events and venues, including using appropriate receptacles for trash and leaving restrooms and all common areas in good order.
  • Team members promise to compete with the highest standards of sportsmanship and will avoid all tactics they know are wrong and in violation of the letter and the spirit of the Rules.
  • Attendees will respect their fellow team members, coaches, opponents, judges, staff, volunteers, and the personnel from hotels and other mock trial venues. Displays of bad sportsmanship are prohibited.
  • Coaches, observers, and state coordinators (or their official designees) will focus on the educational value of mock trial, will zealously encourage fair play, will serve as positive role models for team members by displaying the highest level of professionalism and ethical behavior, and will focus on accepting success and defeat with dignity, civility, and restraint.

The Board of the National High School Mock Trial Championship, Inc., in consultation with the 2018 National Mock Trial Host Committee possesses discretion to impose sanctions, up to and including forfeiture or disqualification for any misconduct or violation of the 2018 National Mock Trial Code of Ethical Conduct while attendees are present in the 2018 host city, Reno, Nevada, to participate in the competition and any and all other activities associated with the Championship.

All of the attendees associated with the team have read and understand the statements in this 2018 National Mock Trial Code of Ethical Conduct and will comply with this Code of Ethical Conduct and the Rules of Competition throughout the duration of the 2018 National High School Mock Trial Championship. Attendees understand that a violation of this Code by anyone associated with a team may result in sanctions, including, but not limited to, the team’s immediate eviction from the Championship and forfeiture of all fees and awards (if applicable).