Tuesday, February 26, 2019


Points of law:
What Officer Christensen did was 
   not excessive force
   not unprovoked
   not unjustified
   not unreasonable

The Plaintiff claims that the 3D gun (which was made to look like a real gun) was not a threat to anyone.   However,  people have threatened others with fake guns.  When a person sees something that looks like a gun and does not know that it is non-functional, that person could reasonably feel threatened, especially when the gun is somewhere it should not be. 

There were other causes that led Savea Tuvale to leave Emigration.  He had been bullied and the bullying had gotten much worse, much more threatening. 

Savea Tuvale is over the age of 16 and did pose a threat according to the information that Officer Christensen had.

must show "a continuing, persistent, and widespread practice of unconstitutional misconduct by the entity’s employees;"  pg. 80  --  2 of 2 in BestLaw

To prove actual causation, the plaintiff must show that “but for” the defendant’s actions, the alleged injury would not have occurred. 
Plaintiff claims that part of the injury to Savea is his loss of educational opportunities avaiable in Emigration --  He didn't acutally decide to leave until after the increased bullying incidents. 
 [It was not Officer Christensen's actions that caused the bullying to increase -- it was Savea's choice to bring a gun to school.-- added to a bias already present in parts of the community against so-called "outsiders."  Neither of those things were caused or contributed to by the Emigration Police Department.] 

To prove proximate causation, the plaintiff must show that its alleged injury was a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the defendant’s actions. The plaintiff need not prove that the defendant actually foresaw the alleged injury as a consequence of its actions; rather, the plaintiff need only show that a reasonable person in the same situation would have foreseen the alleged injury as a consequence of her actions.


Friday, February 15, 2019

Bailiff Workshop

This is the link to the bailiff workshop:
You could watch it anytime.  


You  (both bailiffs) will meet before the trial in a side room with the judges.

Ask the presiding judge how he or she wants the witnesses sworn in -- three at once or individually? 

The bailiff for the Plaintiff will call the court to order.
Introduce the judge  page. 36 example of what you can say to introduce the panel and presiding judge. Speak up so your voice carries throughout the courtroom.

Then the judge will ask the plaintiff bailiff to call the case.   Pages 36 and 37
Sometimes a break between plaintiff and defense –
 Defense bailiff takes over and calls the court into session  -- The defense bailiff will take over the second half of the trial

Friday, January 25, 2019

Calendar of Events

January 16 (4:00 - 5:30 p.m.) Teacher Meeting (Attorney-coaches also are invited.) 
January 16 (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.) Attorney CLE Meeting (Mock trial teachers also are invited.)

Jan 28, 2019 4:30 PM Mountain Time -- How to Be a Witness, Online Training. 

February 19 to March 8 Playoff Rounds 
March 12 High School Round of Sixteen 
March 14 Junior High Round of Sixteen 
March 19 Quarter-final Rounds March 22 Semi-final Rounds
 March 26 High School Finals 
March 27 Junior High School Finals 
May 16-18, 2019 National Mock Trial Competition Athens, Georgia

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Online Training for Witnesses (and their Attorneys)!

Victoria Dyatt is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: How To Be A Witness
Time: Jan 28, 2019 4:30 PM Mountain Time

Join Zoom Meeting

She'll be using a similar format to the other live workshop

with an interactive online Power-point.

So have pens and paper to take notes and to participate in the activities.

Yes, she will be recording live from Draper, Utah. 

You could preview by looking at her PowerPoint from a previous year:

Mock Trial Witness Workshop "Strategies"

Also, here is a series of videos with advice for attorneys for various parts of the trial: 


Link to the trial materials at Utah Law Related Education: 


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Our Competition Dates and Times

Friday, February 22 - WVC
1:00-3:30 a.m.
P - American Fork JHS
D - Lumen Scholar - Team B

Wednesday, February 27 - Sandy JC
9:00-11:30 a.m.
P - Midvale MS
D - American Fork JHS

Our state organization  will be using Online Technology (Zoom Video) so the online workshops will be live and scheduled throughout January. How it works is you will receive invitations to join workshop live  in your email to and you can share so your students can join in. Our first scheduled one will be with Kyle Kaiser "Rules of Evidence" on January 10th at 5:00 p.m. 

Below is the invite to the "Rules of Evidence" Meeting tomorrow, January 10th with Kyle Kaiser.

Victoria Dyatt is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Mock Trial Rules of Evidence
Time: Jan 10, 2019 5:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting