Apr '19

Hong Kong Inter-School Mock Trial Championship

The Hong Kong Inter-School Mock Trial Championship ("HKISMTC") was established in 2014, with the mission of bringing a new form of debate and public speaking to the students of Hong Kong. 

In 2019, 22 schools from around the city sent teams to compete in the competition. During two exhilarating days of competition, over 200 student participants argued a burglar case in front of judges drawn from the Hong Kong legal community. Upon seeing the talent and determination of the student participants, the organizers resolved to find a way to bring Hong Kong mock trial to the global stage.

Largest Mock Trial Competition in Hong Kong with 26 Participating Schools
The competition has involved over 800 participants over the years, and has helped nurture budding lawyers and public speakers across Hong Kong. With overwhelming response and applications, we had 22 school teams joining 2019's competition at the University of Hong Kong.

Official collaboration with Empire Mock Trial
The Hong Kong Inter-School Mock Trial Championship is partner organized with Empire Mock Trial — a prestigious international mock trial organization — to give the HKISMTC champions an opportunity to compete at the International Mock Trial Championship in the U.S. against the best teams in the world! 

Winning Team 100% sponsored to Compete Abroad
We help to take the winners of the competition to the global stage. The winning team of HKISMTC 2019, St. Paul's Convent School, is going to compete in the Empire Mock Trial Tournament, San Francisco. The team will represent Hong Kong admirably in this global competition!

Finals judged by Honourable Mr Justice Johnathan Harris & Mr Ian Grenville Cross, SBS, QC, SC 
We were honoured to have Honourable Mr Justice Johnathan Harris and Mr Ian Grenville Cross, SBS, QC, SC, to be our final round judges. With all the positive feedback from judges and participating teams, the competition was even bigger and successful!

Organized by ARCH Community Outreach (ACO), in partnership with Empire Mock Trial and University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Inter-School Mock Trial Championship 2019 (HKISMTC) has been successfully held. For more details, please click the link below or contact us at mt@arch-community-outreach.com

"A good challenge is the spice of life; Inter-school Mock Trial is the spice of high school. Mock trial tests your ability to comprehend a sophisticated case, your ability to convince a jury and your ability to think on your feet. The best thing about the tournament, however, is the friends you make outside the court—they could be from opposing counsel who just objected during your direct examination. In a nutshell, Mock Trial was an unforgettable and glorious highlight of high school life. "
A.C., St Paul's Convent School
"All the trials and events are on track throughout the whole tournament. We are all indulged. "
S.C., St Mark's School
"The experience of judging the tournament was rewarding, the students were so enthusiastic and well-prepared. The organizers also prepared useful full case file to all judges. "
J.C., Judge
"I was very impressed with the participant's enthusiasm and dedication in this competition. The judge's valuable opinions were also very helpful to shape us to become better public speakers. "
P.Y., Chinese International School
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