Judges Information

You be the Judge!

Volunteer Schedule 

Please call (612) 278-6307 and listen to a recorded message that will specify whether any trials have been cancelled on a given day. The recording is updated at 6:30 a.m. daily during competition season. 

Off Season Judging Opportunities - 
(MSBA is not affiliated with these programs)

Every year, 700 attorneys and judges are needed to act as competition judges in the MSBA High School Mock Trial Program.

  1. When and where are judging opportunities available?  Competitions may be held virtually through Zoom or in-person at the local courthouse.  You'll be able to participate as a scoring or presiding judge from the comfort of your home or office. Competitions held in the Metro area are during evening hours and greater Minnesota trials are held during regular business hours.

    The competition begins with the first round of trials the first full week of January and concludes after five rounds of regional play with the State Tournament held in March.

  2. What is the time commitment?  Volunteers should allow about three hours per round of competition. Some volunteers judge one competition round and some judge multiple rounds depending on their availability and interest.

    In preparation for judging, volunteers are expected to read through the case materials and be prepared to either preside or score at the competition round.

To volunteer, please contact Kim Basting, (612) 278-6306.

Prepare before the trials!

Watch the short video's below:


Judges Training

December 2024 - TBD | 3:00 pm - 4:30 p.m.
1.5 CLE credits applied for (Event Code: TBD)
Video Replay Link (non-CLE applicable) (directed to email)
Teams Needing Attorney Coaches (2024-25 Competition Season)

The Privilege of Coaching, Judge Francis J. Connolly (RCBA Barrister March 2023)

For more information, please contact Kim Basting.

The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which every person can participate in the Mock Trial program. Please contact us if there are reasonable accommodations that would allow you to participate more fully. Such requests should be directed to Kim Basting, Director of Mock Trial Program at (612) 278-6306.

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Kim Basting
Mock Trial Program Director
(612) 278-6306 | (800) 882-6722

Minnesota State Bar Association
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN  55402

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